Orange County Drug Recall Lawyers
Hundreds of new drugs are manufactured and marketed each year by pharmaceutical companies. These prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are supposed to help people manage health issues and endure healthier lives. Yet, they injure thousands of people with their harmful side effects.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates and approves prescription and OTC drugs before they reach the consumer. However, even with such regulation and oversight, pharmaceutical drugs still kill more than 40,000 people each year. In 2011, prescription drug deaths outnumbered traffic fatalities in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 50 percent of all drugs marketed to the consumer in the U.S. have negative side effects, despite testing and regulation by the FDA.
The Irvine drug recall attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates are committed to holding drug companies liable when their products cause preventable harm to consumers. The experienced Orange County lawyers are dedicated to using effective legal advocacy to help injured consumers get the compensation they deserve. With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego and Riverside, our lawyers represent drug recall victims across Southern California. To schedule a free consultation with one of our drug recall attorneys, call 949-727-9300.
What is a Dangerous Drug?
A dangerous prescription or over-the-counter drug is one that is placed on the market without sufficient clinical testing to understand its dangerous side effects. The quicker the drug is released into the market, the quicker the pharmaceutical company starts making money and profiting. The profit motivates the drug makers to cut corners in the clinical trial process to rush the drugs onto the market before they are adequately tested.
Drug companies are mandated to report any harmful side effects to the FDA. They are also required to provide proper warnings of potential side effects to the consumers. The patient should not bear responsibility for the hidden dangers of a drug. When a doctor prescribes a drug or a consumer takes a drug without fully being aware of the potential harmful side effects and they are injured, the pharmaceutical company should be held liable.
Examples of Dangerous Drug Lawsuits
Pharmaceutical drugs have caused widespread injuries and deaths, resulting in mass tort litigation against a number of different pharmaceutical companies. These lawsuits have forced the pharmaceutical companies to pay billions of dollars to injured victims and their loved ones.
Some infamous drugs that have been the focal point of these lawsuits include:
- Talcum powder
Many resources exist to alert community members and help them understand which drug poses a risk and how they should be properly handled. If you believe you or a loved one was injured by a pharmaceutical drug, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The Irvine drug recall attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas can help you protect your legal rights and get you the full value that you deserve.
In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed within a specific time frame, known as a Statute of Limitations. To ensure you are not giving up your right to possible compensation or other benefits, it is important to contact us immediately.
FDA Recalls of Drugs
The FDA regulates the safety of both prescribed and OTC medications and drugs. Patients and doctors rely on the FDA’s safety review process. The FDA may issue a recall or remove a drug or medication from the market if it learns that it can be defective or potentially harmful. Pharmaceutical companies can also voluntarily issue a recall on their own before being asked by the FDA.
The FDA categorizes recalls by the level of danger or hazard:
- Class I Recall—Class I recalls involve the most dangerous drugs and medical devices that could cause serious health problems or death due to safety defects.
- Class II Recall—Drugs that may pose a temporary health problem or a slight threat may be the subject of a Class II recall.
- Class III Recall—Products that violate the FDA’s labeling or manufacturing laws but are unlikely to cause adverse health effects may be the subject of a Class III recall.
If you have been harmed by a dangerous drug, you may have a legal right to seek compensation for your injuries from the pharmaceutical company.
Frequently Asked Drug Recall Questions
- What should I do if a drug I was prescribed is recalled? — If your prescription drug is recalled that means you may be at serious risk if you continue to take the medication. To learn more about which drugs have been recalled, visit the FDA website.
- How long do I have to file a drug recall claim? — The statute of limitations for a drug recall claim can vary depending on the time you were notified that your complications or serious side effects were a direct result of the medication you were prescribed. To determine your statute on a drug recall claim, contact an experienced Orange County attorney.
Contact an Experienced Drug Recall Attorney!
If you or a loved one has been injured after consumption of a pharmaceutical drug, the Orange County attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates can help. The drug recall lawyers can help you recover your lost wages, medical expenses and any other costs related to your injuries.
The Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates is dedicated to helping victims receive just compensation for their injuries. With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego and Riverside, our lawyers represent drug recall victims across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced drug recall attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.