Modern healthcare relies on the power of pharmaceutical drugs to treat illnesses. When those drugs are contaminated or have unexpected side effects, the risk of injury or death is significant. Every year, thousands of people are injured by the actions or inaction of drug manufacturers in ensuring their drugs are safe.
The experienced attorneys at Ronemus & Vilensky, LLP have helped those injured by medications, recovering millions of dollars in compensation for victims. As the New York City area’s leading personal injury law firm, we know that injury victims have rights, and we work diligently to preserve those rights.
Pharmaceutical Injuries: A Broad Range of Cases
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have a duty to protect consumers. By and large, drug manufacturing companies take numerous quality control and safety-testing steps to ensure that medicines are free from contamination and meet strict guidelines imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Unfortunately, contaminants do find their way into prescription medications. The recent Zantac product recall is a perfect example; in the recall, drug manufacturers discovered the presence of a substance called NDMA that is known to cause some forms of cancer in the stomach and digestive system. Contaminated drugs lead to thousands of injury cases in the United States each year, and a significant number of deaths.
Pharmaceutical companies have also committed crimes that put patients at risk. Injury cases resulting from these actions can take many other forms, including:
- Misbranding drugs to gain a competitive advantage.
- Promoting off-label uses of medication.
- Failure to warn consumers of the proper uses and risks of medications through labeling errors and omissions.
- Falsifying clinical trials and downplaying risks of certain medications.
- Fraudulent drug pricing and filing misleading claims with Medicare and Medicaid programs.
- Unlawful marketing of drugs prior to FDA approval.
- Unlawful substitution of drug ingredients.
Each of these cases is complex, and the long-term effects of a patient’s exposure to contaminated, misbranded, or unsafe drugs may not be known for several years. These cases require the expertise of a competent personal injury attorney – one who works with medical professionals and expert witnesses to gather the facts on behalf of injury victims.
Can Pharmaceutical Companies be Sued?
If a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s products cause unintended injury or death, victims and their family members may choose to file a lawsuit. These lawsuits are designed to recover financial compensation for the injury or death, including expenses for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and funeral costs. In some cases, larger groups of people exposed to unsafe medications may file a class action lawsuit; in other cases, individuals will seek the help of a qualified personal injury attorney for help.
Because pharmaceutical injury cases are so complex, attorneys must be well-versed in medical claims as well as in product liability factors. Ronemus & Vilensky have worked with injury victims throughout the greater New York City metro area, including those who were injured through the acts or negligence of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.
Legal Representation for Pharmaceutical Injury Victims
As the New York City area’s premier personal injury attorneys, the law firm of Ronemus & Vilensky has worked with thousands of injury victims and their loved ones. We have built our law firm’s reputation on a foundation of legal expertise and victim compassion. Every case is handled with the utmost care every step of the way.
We take the effort to uncover the facts behind each pharmaceutical injury case, including gathering testimony from subject experts in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. These experts often testify on behalf of our clients in settlement hearings and courtroom trials. Our goal is to prepare solid cases that help ensure that injury victims receive the compensation they deserve. It is this care that has led our firm to be named among the Top 100 attorneys in NYC.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a contaminated, mislabeled, or unsafe drug, call Ronemus & Vilensky today at (212) 779-7070 for a free consultation. We stand ready to help you preserve your rights and to seek fair compensation for your injuries.