How Do I Know If a Defective Drug Caused an Injury?

If you suspect a defective drug caused an injury, get to a doctor or the emergency room at once. Then, when you are able, speak to a lawyer with experience representing people harmed or killed by dangerous medications. In this video, attorney Patrick Montoya offers an example of a drug that injured many of his clients, and why these types of injuries occur as a result of negligence by the pharmaceutical industry.

Video Transcription:

Often times, pharmaceutical injury cases have what’s called a signature injury. There’s a particular injury that is associated with the drug. For example, the Vioxx cases. Vioxx was a painkiller but what they found with Vioxx was it caused heart attacks and strokes, and certain types of strokes and certain types of heart attacks. So once the problem became studied, you started realizing there were certain signature injuries that went along with that. And different product had different signature injuries. Another area that we’ve looked at in pharmaceutical cases is what’s called off-label use. Many times a drug will be made for a particular problem. For example, the Vioxx again which was a pain killer. But many times, people will take or doctors will take a drug, or the manufacturers will take a drug and say, well not only is it effective for pain, it’s also effective for autism, for example. And they’ll prescribe it to an autistic population and without having really having fully studied what the effects could be to that other population for that off-label use. Well two, three years down the road, you start to find you have problems throughout that population because frankly it wasn’t studied. So what we’re trying to do is push for more studies by the pharmaceutical companies and for better research and for honest research. And we think the best way to do that is through effective and honest litigation. Frankly the only things that the pharmaceutical companies are understanding is a lawsuit sometimes. Because even with the FDA’s oversight, the FDA doesn’t have enough people or enough staff to fight these problems. It’s through private lawsuits and responsible litigation that we’re able to keep the pharmaceutical companies in check. For more information, you can contact Colson Hicks Eidson at our website, Colson.com.