Dangerous Drugs

Dangerous Drugs Lawyers

Millions of Americans take prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine each day.  The vast majority of the time, these prescription drugs and medicine do what they’re supposed to do—make us feel better and cure us of disease.  However, on some occasions, the prescription drugs and medicine we rely on cause serious damage or even death.  Sometimes these drug injuries are caused by a hidden side effect of the medicine.  Other times, a drug injury is caused by a failure of design, manufacture, distribution, or maintenance of the medicine.  Dangerous drugs lawyers hold manufacturers, distributers, and others accountable when medications cause illness and injury.

The dangerous drug lawyers at GKT understand that prescription drug and medication-caused injury and illness can be devastating.  While minor cases may cause temporary symptoms that resolve once a person stops taking the drug, the worst cases can cause cancer or other serious and life-threatening medical conditions, even death. 

The best dangerous drug lawyers, like those at Gold, Khourey & Turak, can help people who have suffered as a result of taking a prescription drug or over-the-counter medicine.  If you have suffered an injury due to a medication or dangerous drug, make sure you get the help you need.  From repayment of medical bills and expenses to payment for lost wages and income to payment for pain and suffering, let the dangerous drug lawyers at GKT fight for the compensation you deserve.  

If you’ve suffered an injury after taking a prescription drug or over-the-counter medication in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, the dangerous drug injury lawyers at GKT are here to help.  Our dangerous drug and personal injury lawyers have the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve.  Our drug injury lawyers are available at any time by calling (304) 845-9750, by Live Chat 24/7 at GKT.com, or online. 

About Gold Khourey & Turak Dangerous Drug Lawyers

The dangerous drug lawyers at Gold, Khourey & Turak have represented numerous clients who have suffered drug and medicine-related injuries in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  Since 1978, our personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for people injured by dangerous prescription and over-the-counter medicine. 

At GKT, our clients aren’t just a name or a file on a shelf—they’re our neighbors and our friends.  We take pride in developing a personal relationship with each of our personal injury clients, which extends well beyond the attorney-client relationship. That’s why if you’ve been harmed by a drug or medicine, calling GKT is a good first step to obtaining the compensation you deserve. 

Contact GKT for a free and confidential case review today. 

Common Causes of Dangerous Drug Injuries

When a person is harmed by a prescription drug or medicine, it can be caused by any number of different failures by the drug’s designer, manufacturer, distributer, or even the even the prescribing doctor.  Below are some of the more common causes of dangerous drug injuries. 

Unwarned or Hidden Side EffectsConcussion

Any time a person takes a prescription drug or other medication, there is always the risk of an adverse side effect.  However, drug manufacturers must sufficiently identify and detail each side effect that a drug or medicine may cause.  When a manufacturer hides a side effect or does not adequately detail and inform of the side effect, unforeseen injuries may occur.  Manufacturers of drugs may be liable for injuries when they fail to disclose a side effect or fail to give adequate warning of a side effect.  The drug injury lawyers at GKT can hold these manufacturers and other parties liable in these circumstances. 

Failure to Adequately Test a Drug

Before any drug is made available for patient use, they must be tested and approved by different government agencies.  If corners are cut and testing is not performed as it needs to be, dangerous side effects and other risks may not be discovered until after the drug or medicine has been on the market for years.  Those side effects may seriously harm those taking the drug or medication. 

Drug Manufacturing

Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines have strict manufacturing requirements.  These requirements are designed to ensure that the drug is manufactured to work in the way it was designed to and is safe to use.  Moreover, proper manufacturing ensures that the drug does not contain impurities or other inadvertent substances.  Manufacturing defects and other issues may impact the drug or medicine’s effectiveness or even cause it to be harmful. 

Prescription Errors

If an otherwise safe drug is prescribed to the wrong person or to treat the wrong condition or disease, a drug-related injury or illness may occur.  It’s important that drug manufacturers detail the correct uses and dosages for their drugs and doctors prescribe drugs for their proper uses.  When prescription drug errors happen, drug manufacturers and prescribers must be held accountable. 

Common Dangerous Drugs Lawsuits

There are many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines that have been found to cause serious harm.  Below are some of the more common drug and medicine lawsuits. 

Zantac (Ranitidine)

Zantac is prescribed and over-the-counter medication used to treat digestive system ulcers.  Zantac is also used to relieve symptoms of heartburn, among other things.  The active ingredient, Ranitidine, belongs to a class of drugs referred to as H2 blocker and works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. 

Zantac lawsuits have been filed by Zantac users who were diagnosed with different types of cancer.  The basis of the lawsuit is that Zantac was contaminated by the chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).  Studies have linked exposure to NDMA to several types of cancers.

Thus, if you’ve taken Zantac in the past and have been diagnosed with any of the following cancers, you may be entitled to significant compensation:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Stomach or gastric cancer
  • Esophogeal cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal or intestinal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Liver cancer

If you believe your cancer diagnosis may be connected to your use of Zantac, contact the dangerous drugs lawyers at GKT for a free consultation. 

Beovu (Brolucizumab)

Beovu is a prescription injection used to treat Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (“Wet AMD”).  The Beovu injection is made directly in the eye and is designed to slow the rate of growth of abnormal blood vessels.

Beovu has been linked to several side effects and injuries including vision loss and blindness.  If you’ve received a Beovu injection and are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible:

  • Vision changes
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Eye pain or redness
  • Eye swelling or eyelid swelling
  • Hives, rashes, or itching in or around the eye
  • Light sensitivity

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered blindness, vision loss, or other eye injuries after taking Beovu, contact the dangerous drug lawyers at GKT today. 

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is an over-the-counter medical product that has been used for a variety of purposes since ancient times.  Today, talcum powder is commonly found in baby powder and a variety of cosmetics. 

In 2018, Reuters reported that the talc and talcum powder manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, knew for decades that its talcum powder was laced with asbestos.  Asbestos is a widely-known carcinogen.  People who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, or other products containing talc, may have a talcum powder lawsuit and be entitled to significant compensation. 

Elmiron (Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium)

Elmiron is a prescription drug that is used to treat bladder ailments including pain and discomfort, associated with interstitial cystitis (IC).  With people suffering from IC, the bladder lining is damaged or otherwise inadequate to protect the bladder from irritating substances in urine.  As a result, these irritating substances are able to bypass the bladder lining and reach the bladder itself, causing discomfort and pain.  Elmiron works by forming a barrier to replace the damaged or missing bladder lining. 

Beginning in 2018, reports have linked the use of Elmiron to severe eye damage.  The risk of eye damage as a result of taking Elmiron was not included in the drug’s warning insert until 2020.  Unfortunately, it is believed that eye damage from taking Elmiron may continue even after a person stops taking Elmiron. 

If you’ve taken Elmiron and suffered any eye or vision problems, such as a blurred vision, double vision, maculopathy, retina damage (retinopathy), or any other eye or vision related issue, you may have a case. 

Valsartan

Valsartan is a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure and other heart and circulatory conditions.  People who have suffered heart attacks or strokes are sometimes prescribed Valsartan for its blood-thinning properties.  Valsartan is also prescribed to treat some kidney conditions. 

The use of Valsartan has been linked to several different types of gastrointestinal cancers.  Since 2019, several Valsartan lawsuits have been filed alleging that the prescription drug was contaminated with toxic chemicals, including N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).  It is alleged that this contamination of Valsartan caused different types of cancers. 

If you were prescribed and used Valsartan before January 2015 and were diagnosed with any of the following cancers, contact GKT today for a free case review:

  • Stomach cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Liver cancer

Abilify (Aripiprazole)

Abilify is a prescription drug used to treat various psychological conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, autism, and depression.  The active ingredient in Abilify, apripiprazole, works by blocking dopamine receptors in the brain.  

People who have taken Abilify have suffered from severe and often debilitating compulsive behaviors.  These compulsive behaviors include gambling, sexual activity, shopping, and eating.  If you’ve taken Abilify and have experienced unexplained and often uncontrollable compulsive behaviors, the dangerous drug lawyers at GKT can help.  Contact us today. 

Invokana (Canagliflozin)

Invokana is a prescription drug that is designed to treat type 2 diabetes.  Its active ingredient, Canagliflozin, works to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control.

People who have taken Invokana have suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which has resulted in hospitalizations, amputations, and kidney failure.  If you’ve been prescribed Invokana and have suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis, an amputation, or kidney failure, contact the drug injury attorneys at GKT for a free consultation.   

Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Other Proton Pump Inhibitors

Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and other similar medications are known as proton pump inhibitors.  Proton pump inhibitor medications can either be prescribed or taken over-the-counter and are designed to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and other gastrointestinal conditions. 

The use of these proton pump inhibitors has been linked to kidney damage.  If you’ve taken Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, or any other similar medication and suffered kidney damage, contact a reputable dangerous drug lawyer today to find out if you could be entitled to compensation. 

What Compensation is Available if You Suffered Drug or Medication Damage?

Determining the amount of compensation a person may be entitled to after suffering from a drug or medicine-related injury is difficult.  A knowledgeable and experienced dangerous drug lawyer can maximize the amount of recovery and make sure that the drug manufacturers, distributors, and other responsible parties are held accountable.  The following are the types of compensation people who have suffered harm from a drug or medication may be entitled to:

  • Payment for medical bills and other expenses
  • Lost wages and income
  • Lost future wages and income
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Punitive damages

Whether a person is entitled to a specific type of compensation depends on the specific circumstances of each case.  If you believe you’ve suffered harm due to your use of a prescription drug or other medication, call the dangerous drug lawyers at GKT today to learn more about what compensation may be available to you. 

How to Choose a Dangerous Drug Lawyer

Choosing the best drug injury lawyer to handle your drug or medication lawsuit can be difficult.  While there may be any number of lawyers who would gladly take a case, it is extremely important that you choose the one that is best suited for a particular case.  The truth is, all lawyers are not created equal.  Skill, knowledge, and experience all matter when choosing a dangerous drug lawyer.  If you’ve suffered a drug or medication-related injury, make sure that the drug injury lawyer you contact is best suited to take your case. 

However, that’s not the only consideration to keep in mind.  People suffering from unforeseen and serious medical conditions after taking a drug are often living through the worst times of their lives.  Having a compassionate and understanding drug injury lawyer by your side can make a dangerous drugs lawsuit as stress free as possible.  The dangerous drugs lawyers at GKT understand this and make every effort to alleviate the stress and anxiety clients feel throughout the process.   

Call GKT Today to Speak with a Dangerous Drugs Attorney

At GKT, our dangerous drugs attorneys are always available to talk about your case.  All of our consultations are 100% free and without obligation.  GKT’s dangerous drug lawyers handle all drug injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  That means there is no upfront cost or retainer fees, and our lawyers only collect a fee if they obtain compensation for you.  If you think you’ve suffered an injury after taking a prescription drug or an over-the-counter medicine, contact GKT today to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced drug injury lawyer.   

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