Prescription Drug Injuries
Today, the prescription drug industry is a powerful political and economic force. At its best, it develops and produces drugs that contribute to our longevity, health and wellness.
At its worst, the pharmaceutical industry will release a drug before it has been properly tested; will tweak research results to hide negative side-effects; or will fail to warn doctors or the public of serious health risks associated with its use.
For various reasons, the approval of a drug by the Food and Drug Administration does not always guarantee that it is safe, which is why we frequently hear of the FDA pulling a drug off the market after many people have died or been injured by a particular medication.
Common Types of Cases
There are many drugs that have been related to crippling or deadly outcomes. Generally these results could have been avoided if the proper precautions had been taken. There have been many cases of patients harmed by medications, far too many to list here, just a small sample of examples have included:
- Vioxx and other anti-inflammatory drugs which were withdrawn after they were found to increase chances of heart attacks;
- Neurontin, a drug only approved by the FDA for two uses but allegedly marketed by Pfizer for unapproved uses that could be deadly;
- Ephedra, a dietary supplement which was marketed as a stimulant and weight loss aid but caused heart attacks, strokes and deaths;
- Rezulin, marketed to treat Type II diabetes, caused liver damage and liver failure;
- Phenylpropanolamine (PPA), used in weight loss and nasal decongestion products;
- Zyprexa, an anti-psychotic medication which can cause hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and suicide.
There are strict time limits you must meet to file a lawsuit. These time limits are complex and strictly enforced by the courts.
If you or someone you love is a victim of a prescription drug injury, it is in your best interest to speak to a medical malpractice attorney in Los Angeles as soon as possible, before the time limit to file a claim has passed, evidence becomes lost or memories fade.
Though we understand that this is an excruciatingly difficult time for you, please be aware that it is critical that an investigation into the facts of the case be undertaken as soon as possible if you are considering filing a lawsuit.
Why Heimberg Barr
Dr. Steven Heimberg possesses a very rare and dangerous (for his opponents) background. He is a medical doctor as well as a lawyer. This allows him to recognize the full extent of medical issues resulting from injuries caused by prescription drugs, uncover hidden facts, decipher complicated medical records, recruit top medical experts, and simplify and communicate the full impact of life altering injuries to juries so that they also understand and can award just damages.
Dr. Heimberg and the Heimberg Barr attorneys have decades of experience facing down insurance companies and their lawyers. They know the medical and legal issues inside and out and they know how to hold insurance companies accountable. They know what it takes to get insurance companies to do their job and pay claims that should be paid. That knowledge combines with a passionate commitment to justice and a rigorous work ethic to form the foundation on which Heimberg Barr is built.
Reasons to File a Case
You not only deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life, but, most importantly, you deserve to be free from your new financial hardships. You may no longer be able to work to support yourself and your family, to pay for your mounting medical bills, or to afford the extra costs of hiring help to do what you can no longer do around the house.
Payment for your or a family member’s injuries or for the unnecessary death of a loved one is often critical to your and your family’s future.
Yet in most cases you will face an army of lawyers, an entire department at an insurance company, and the resources of a mega-corporation fighting against you to avoid providing you the money you desperately need. In other words, their whole focus is to avoid claims or to settle with you for the least amount of money possible.