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Defective Drugs Class Action FAQ
What Is A Defective Drug
We trust our doctors to give us the right medications, and they trust the pharmaceutical companies who develop and market these drugs. But sometimes the drugs have harmful side effects. These are defective drugs. You might experience adverse reactions to a drug after taking it once or a hundred times.
Why Are There So Many Defective Drug Lawsuits
In the last 20 years, there have been many more reports of people filing lawsuits after suffering mental or physical reactions. Pharmaceutical companies have been rushing new products onto the market without sufficient testing. In some cases, manufacturers actually paid off FDA board members to overlook defects and risks.
If you or someone you love are among of the millions of people whose lives have been damaged by a defective drug, you need to know that you have the right to compensation.
What Is A Class Action
A class action is a mass lawsuit brought by a group of people who have all suffered sickness or injury caused by a common source, such as a defective drug. There are federal laws defining and governing class actions, as well as state laws.
An attorney who is familiar with defective drug lawsuits can explain your rights and help you understand terms and requirements. If you decide to join the class action, your attorney will help you prepare documents, file court papers and take depositions. You will need to undergo medical exams to prove that you were injured by the drug you were taking.
If your injuries were very great, you may want to join the class action as a "named" plaintiff. This will give you an opportunity to take a more active part in the lawsuit.
What Am I Entitled To
The company may offer to settle, or the class action may go to court. If it is decided in your favor, you and the other complainants are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, including:
- medical expenses
- physical and/or psychological therapy
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
Your attorney will go over all this with you and help you decide the best course of action.