Pharmaceutical companies, doctors, pharmacists, and others are responsible for making, prescribing, dispensing, and storing medications in a way that creates minimal risk to consumers. When they deviate from these standards, such as by selling contaminated drugs, ordinary people may get hurt in the process. When you take or apply a treatment and sustain an injury, such as poisoning or an allergic reaction, filing a lawsuit may be possible.

Forcing the at-fault company or medical professional to take responsibility for what happened to you could enable you to protect yourself and others. To help you on this journey, consider working with a Dover dangerous drugs lawyer with knowledge and experience in this area of the law. At Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz, and Bhaya, our personal injury attorneys regularly handle lawsuits against big pharma, negligent pharmacists, and careless doctors.

When Does a Medication Become Unsafe for Consumers To Use?

Several factors can cause a drug to be or become harmful to consumers. For example, the composition of the substance (such as its ingredients or the way it is formulated) can cause unnecessary risk to consumers. In some situations, this may involve contamination of the specific ingredients or an error with making the substance.

Likewise, the instruction or warning label may have mistakes that make it unsafe for those taking the medication. For example, the bottle may incorrectly state the dosage, possible interactions, or information about how and when to take the drug. As a result, people may take far more or less than they should, given their medical condition.

Harmful prescriptions and over-the-counter treatments can cause extensive injuries to those hurt by them. Our Dover attorneys can help injured people determine the cause of their condition and shape a potential lawsuit against the company that made or sold them the dangerous pharmaceutical product. Our team can also advise people on the available legal options and review settlement offers they receive from the at-fault drug company.

What Is the Deadline To File a Claim Because of a Hazardous Prescription Drug?

Delaware Code title 10, § 8119 allows people injured because of harmful medications to sue the at-fault company or individual within two years after they discover or should have become aware of the injury. Consider this example: someone takes an injurious pain reliever one day but does not realize the substance injured them until a week later. In many cases, the day they recognize the harm (rather than the day they took the medication) may be when the two-year window may begin.

Additionally, the unique circumstances may call for a different deadline to apply that is longer than the standard one. For example, if the consumer wishes to sue a negligent doctor because of a medication mistake, in some limited circumstances the person may have up to three years to file a claim under Del. Code Title 18, § 6856.

Sometimes, drawing a connection between the person’s medical condition and the defective treatment can be challenging. Attorneys who regularly handle legal cases in Dover against negligent pharmaceutical companies have the tools to identify red flags and brainstorm possible solutions. They could serve as a buffer between the injured person and the wrongdoer, helping to ensure that the injured person has room to breathe and make informed decisions.

Call a Dover Attorney for Help Seeking Compensation Because of a Dangerous Drug

You deserve the freedom to use medical treatments, such as pills, ointments, solutions, and antibiotics, without worrying about sustaining serious and unexpected injuries. When an unsafe prescription or over-the-counter treatment harms you, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against those responsible. Taking this step can feel overwhelming; however, it can also be an empowering way to stand up against these harmful practices and seek damages for your losses.

Our legal team could fight for you in court and at the negotiation table, paving the way for you to pursue justice for your experience. We take pride in the high level of personalized attention and dedication we show our clients as they move through the complex legal process. Contact a Dover dangerous drugs lawyer from Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz, and Bhaya to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation and how we could help.