What Happens in a Drug Lawsuit?

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April 13, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

Product Liability Attorney Mike Eidson on Pharmaceutical Litigation

When one product injures many people in the same way, most of these lawsuits are consolidated to move the process along faster. This applies to all sorts of defective products, from defective auto components to dangerous drugs. As Mike Eidson explains in this video, the product liability attorneys at his firm have achieved many successful results for consumers injured by poorly made or misleadingly marketed products. Contact our firm to find out if you have grounds to file a drug lawsuit.

Video Transcription:

Medical malpractice is very fact-specific and case-specific. Every case rises and falls on its own individual facts. Pharmaceutical litigation, you have to prove that the product has something wrong with it, that it shouldn’t have, that is defective, and that that defect caused your client to be injured.

The same defect may cause thousands of people to be injured, but with something like Vioxx. Vioxx was one they settled that involved tens of thousands of people. Fen-Phen was another one that settled that way.

Once they established the product had problems, it was causing injuries to people, they would work out a way to settle all those cases without having to try those cases.

It’s not specific to the individual case. The causation will be, in other words, whether or not the defect caused your client’s injuries, will be important in every case. What will happen frequently in mass torts, is once you prove the product is defective, the defendant will usually settle all the cases, and will work out some sort of grid way to settle those cases based on the facts of your individual case because there will be so many fact patterns that are common.