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    Drug companies have a legal obligation to ensure the medications they put on the market are safe for consumer use. When a drug is not properly designed or made—or if consumers are not adequately warned of the potential dangers—it can cause serious injuries and complications. Unfortunately, drug companies are known to put their profits ahead of consumer safety and will often cut corners to get drugs onto the market quicker. While the FDA and other organizations place strict regulations on companies, dangerous drugs can still harm consumers if the drug is not properly designed, tested, advertised, or prescribed to the right patient.

    When you experience adverse side effects or were injured due to a dangerous prescription drug, you have legal options. A Marshall County dangerous drugs lawyer could help you hold the drug company responsible for your injuries and other losses. Contact our office to discuss your legal rights with a trusted personal injury attorney.

    Types of Dangerous Drug Claims

    Dangerous drug claims are considered product liability cases. This means that pharmaceutical companies have a legal obligation to properly design, test, and market their drugs. Any product designed for consumer use, including drugs, should be reasonably safe.

    Under Mississippi’s products liability laws, drug companies and manufacturers are strictly liable for injuries a consumer suffers. There are three recognized defects for dangerous drugs: manufacturing, design, and marketing.

    • Manufacturing Defect: An error occurred during the manufacturing of the drug. In these cases, the drug would have been safe if made correctly, but due to a mistake in the manufacturing process, it was not, and a consumer suffered injuries or wrongful death as a result.
    • Design Defect: The drug is inherently dangerous based on its design. Drug companies and manufacturers are responsible for research and development, If there was a safer design that the company could have reasonably utilized and did not, then they may be liable. What the company knew is an important factor in these cases.
    • Marketing Defects: Drug companies must warn consumers about the known dangers and side effects of a medication. Because of this, drugs come with a list of possible side effects. Nevertheless, drug companies and manufacturers are liable for marketing defects if they fail to warn a consumer about a known risk of the drug.

    For more guidance, speak to a Marshall County dangerous drugs attorney today.

    Proving Liability for a Dangerous Drug

    Although in dangerous drug cases there is strict liability, proving fault can still be complicated. There are often multiple parties responsible for a dangerous drug.

    Generally, the entire distribution chain is legally responsible for a consumer’s injuries. For example, a drug manufacturer could be responsible for manufacturing or marketing defects of a dangerous drug, but a retailer could also be liable if they fail to inform consumers about known side effects or other risks of taking the medication.

    A trusted Marshall County hazardous medication lawyer could assist consumers with determining liability for their injuries. Typically, a consumer will sue one entity in the distribution chain and the company will join other defendants. Mississippi law holds defendants jointly and severally liable, which means they can seek contribution for the damages to the injured person from other responsible parties. Since injured consumers only have three years to bring their product liability claim under Mississippi law, they should contact an attorney as soon as possible to get started.

    Contact a Marshall County Dangerous Drugs Attorney for Assistance

    Pharmaceutical companies who overlook rules and regulations for their profits can and should be held responsible for consumer injuries. Before drugs hit the market, there must be adequate testing, labeling, and advertising. When a consumer is injured by a defective product or drug, the company is strictly liable. A dangerous drug lawsuit could cover the cost of medical care, lost wages or earning potential, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any other losses from the incident. While no amount of money can reverse the damage or pain you experienced, it can give you the means to move forward.

    Product liability law can be complicated without the assistance of an attorney. At Reaves Law Firm, PLLC, our experienced litigators understand the applicable laws governing your dangerous drug claim and are ready to assist you with gathering evidence to support it. When a medication harms you or someone you love, speak to a Marshall County dangerous drugs lawyer about your case. Contact us now to get started.

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