Columbus Dangerous Drugs & Medical Device Attorney
Patients often realize the potential risks of taking a drug or undergoing a medical procedure, but they cannot plan for defective and dangerous products. Dangerous drugs and medical devices could compromise a patient’s outcome and cause significant pain, suffering, physical injuries, illnesses, or wrongful death. The manufacturer of the product may bear legal responsibility for damages defective items cause patients. If you believe you have a claim in Columbus, Ohio, contact our Columbus medical malpractice lawyers at Elk & Elk for a free consultation.
Why Choose Elk & Elk?
- We have a reputation for success in the region. We have secured over one billion dollars for past clients in jury verdicts and settlement agreements.
- We have achieved a record of success by tailoring our legal strategies to each client’s unique needs through an extensive consultation process.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis. We will only charge you for attorney’s fees if your lawyer achieves a monetary award on your behalf.
Do You Need a Product Liability Lawyer?
A dangerous drug or device incident can mean an insurance claim against a major manufacturing company, such as Johnson & Johnson or DePuy. Unless you have access to significant legal resources, you may not be able to win a case against such a large corporation. The insurance company might offer you a small settlement, but it will likely be much less than you could achieve with help from an attorney. Hiring a lawyer gives you the ability to fight for the full amount you need to move on. Your lawyer will handle your product liability claim while you undergo medical treatments.
Examples of Defective Drugs and Devices
A dangerous drug or medical device contains a defect that makes it unsafe for consumer use. A defect could arise from a flaw in the item’s design, an accidental error made during manufacturing, or a failure on the company’s part to provide adequate safety warnings in the item’s marketing. Over the years, a few products, in particular, have led to lawsuits:
- DePuy hip replacements
- NexGen knee implants
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters
- Power morcellators
- Essure birth control devices
- Transvaginal mesh
A case against the manufacturer or distributor of a defective product takes proving that the item contained a defect and that the item caused the damages in question. Most cases impose strict liability against the manufacturer, meaning the plaintiff does not have to prove negligence to qualify for compensation. You may, however, have to prove that the manufacturer caused your injuries if strict liability laws do not apply to your case.
What to Do After an Injury or Illness From a Dangerous Product
Call an attorney the day you suspect that a drug or device contains a dangerous defect. Speak to your doctor about whether you should continue the drug or if a safer alternative is available. Explain your suspicions to an attorney and present any evidence you may have, such as medical records or a manufacturer recall notice. A lawyer will investigate your case and help you file a product liability claim, if applicable.
A successful lawsuit could result in payment for you or a loved one’s related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The courts may also award punitive damages to punish the item’s manufacturer. You have two years from the date you discover your damages to bring a claim in Ohio. Acting immediately will ensure the best chance of receiving compensation for your claim.
Contact Us Today
Dangerous drugs and medical devices can compromise a patient’s ability to heal or survive. A defective product could cause painful and expensive medical complications or the wrongful death of a loved one. If you believe you might have grounds for a case, contact us right away. Our Columbus personal injury lawyers can go over your rights and options during a free case review in Columbus.