How Bad Does a Drug Injury Have to Be to Sue the Manufacturer?

All prescription and over-the-counter drugs have the potential to cause patients to suffer adverse effects, reactions, and complications. In most cases, those adverse effects are already known and accounted for by their manufacturers and are listed as side effects. But sometimes, patients suffer complications that aren’t publicized side effects, and these can be constituted as drug injuries.

When patients suffer drug injuries, they may seek legal recourse to get compensation. However, not all drug injuries will result in valid personal injury claims, whether that’s in the eyes of the drug manufacturers or even drug injury lawyers. A few criteria must be present for a drug injury claim to be successful, including:

  • The drug caused a serious injury or illness—If a drug causes only a minor ailment or illness, the patient is unlikely to have a valid drug injury claim on their hands. That’s because there’s unlikely to be any significant damages that can be recovered, and any pain and suffering will be minimal.
  • The injury or illness resulted in significant expenses—Some drug injuries can be severe enough to cause patients to be hospitalized or even require emergency surgery to repair organ damage. These expenses can be enormous, even when patients have health insurance.
  • The drug injury resulted in debilitating pain and suffering—Not all damages are monetary or easily calculated. Many drug injuries cause patients long-lasting pain and suffering, which can reduce their quality of life.

All drug injury claims are different, and they all should be carefully reviewed by experienced drug injury lawyers. If you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription or over-the-counter medication, the legal team at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough wants to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.