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Dangerous Drugs and Defective Products - Attorneys Who Are On Your Side
Pennsylvania lawyers who fight for people injured by harmful products
When you buy a product – whether it's a medication you get from a pharmacy, a household appliance you pick up from a big box store or some other product – you have certain rights. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to make pharmaceuticals that are safe and cause no harm to people. Big companies have an obligation to create and distribute safe products.
But people are injured or die every day because of dangerous drugs and defective products. Typically, the causes of these injuries and deaths are traced back to defective design, manufacturing error or a failure to warn the consumer about possible harm.
The manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer of a product may have liability if an injury or death is the result of the product. This includes the manufacturer of component parts of the product and any other party in the distributive chain. This area of law is known as product liability.
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If you or a loved one was injured by a dangerous drug or a defective product, contact a Pennsylvania attorney at Marcus & Mack today. We will protect your rights. After all, helping inured people is what we do. In fact, it's all we do.
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Just about everyone has to take some kind of prescription medication or over-the-counter drug. When we do, we expect the medication will help make us better or treat our symptoms.
Unfortunately, prescription medications can harm consumers. Serious and potentially fatal drug side effects are linked to a variety of popular medications that help pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars in profits. Injuries or even death due to the negligence of big drug companies happen every day in the United States.
Eager to see the profits roll in, large drug companies may quickly put a new drug into the marketplace without adequately testing it and making sure it's safe for the public. It's alarming to find out that someone has been injured unnecessarily simply because a drug company put profits before safety. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration or a drug manufacturer may order a drug recall after receiving reports of injuries or death.
Side effects linked to these drugs range from birth defects to increased heart attack and cancer risks. Some medications may increase suicidal thoughts or may cause liver damage and failure.
You have the right to be fully and duly informed of a drug's proper dosage, potential interactions with other drugs, side effects as well as other information. Contact Marcus & Mack immediately if you or a loved one has been harmed or died after exposure to a dangerous drug.
A medication that causes adverse side effects may be classified as a defective product, but a product liability case may be linked to any number of defective or dangerous products. As a consumer you have a right to be safe whether you are using a piece of gym equipment, heavy machinery or a household product. It is important to get aggressive representation from an attorney who has experience with defective product law and product liability law. Talk to Marcus & Mack today to know your rights! We help the injured in a variety of product liability lawsuits.
Example of a Product Liability Case
As an example of a potential negligence case, let's say someone gets injured after using a power drill with a design defect. Parties that could be named as defendants in a product liability lawsuit may include:
The maker of the drill
The retail store
Generally speaking, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer.
What is the Product Liability Law in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania law of strict product liability is based on Sec. 402A of the Restatement (2d) of Torts. Under Pennsylvania strict product liability law, a manufacturer/supplier of a product is the guarantor of its safety. The manufacturer/supplier is liable for any harm that a defect in its product causes. A defect may be found where the product left the manufacturer and supplier's control lacking any element necessary to make it safe for its intended use or possessing any feature that rendered it unsafe for the intended use. Intended use includes any reasonably foreseeable use of a product.
A defective condition, creating strict liability, is not limited to defects in the design or manufacture of a product. The manufacturer and supplier of a product must also provide such warnings and instructions as are necessary to inform the user or consumer of the possible risks and inherent limitations of the product in a form that will reach the consumer. If there are no warnings or instructions included with the product, this may be considered a defect.
The law of strict product liability concentrates on the safety of the product rather than on the reasonableness of the manufacturer and supplier's conduct. The manufacturer and supplier of a product may be liable for harm caused by its defective product even where it has exercised all possible care in the preparation and sale of its product.
How Marcus & Mack Can Help
We have nearly 100 years of combined legal experience. We vigorously fight for the rights of clients who have been injured by dangerous drugs and defective products. To find out how we have helped others, read our testimonials. We urge you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. A delay may affect your rights, so act promptly. Call (800) 488-0338 now. Discover the difference Marcus & Mack can make.
A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or an intestine gets squeezed between muscles or connective tissue inside someone’s body. A hernia mesh – sometimes called a “surgical mesh” – is a medical device designed to contain the hernia and hold the tissue in place.
Unfortunately, hernia meshes don’t always work as planned. Instead, hernia meshes sometimes cause serious injuries. A defective mesh could cause the hernia to recur, resulting in expensive revision surgery. Common injuries include:
- Renal failure (kidney failure)
- Bowel obstruction
If you have sustained a significant injury, you need an attorney who knows how to handle such complicated cases. Our law firm can help if you or a loved one was injured by a dangerous hernia mesh.
Talk to a lawyer at our law firm if you or a loved one was injured by a hernia mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (maker of Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite), Atrium (maker of C-Qur Mesh) or another manufacturer.
The brand name for canagliflozin, Invokana is a drug used to treat people with Type 2 diabetes. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Invokana was designed to lower blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes.
However, many people have sustained serious injuries caused by Invokana. Specifically, Invokana sometimes causes too much acid to build in the blood, a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition often results in kidney failure, sometimes referred to as renal failure, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Symptoms of harmful side effects caused by Invokana include:
- Abdominal pain
If you experience any of these health problems or notice anything unusual after taking Invokana, seek immediate medical attention, then contact us. Our law firm can help you every step of the way with your Invokana claim. If necessary, we can even help you file an Invokana lawsuit to seek the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Many doctors have prescribed opioid medications to treat severe pain and other ailments. But what many physicians did not realize at the time was just how addictive and harmful many opioid drugs can be for many people taking these powerful painkillers, especially for chronic pain. Long-term health problems caused by taking opioid drugs include:
- Brain damage
- Liver damage
- Opioid addiction
Opioids don’t just affect the victims and their families. Between public healthcare costs, treatment facilities, law enforcement and criminal justice expenses, the government – and by extension, taxpayers – is on the hook for tens of billions of dollars each year combating the opioid epidemic. That’s why many local governments have filed lawsuits against drug companies for failing to disclose to individuals and doctors just how addictive opioid medications can be for people who take them.
These lawsuits allege that the manufacturers aggressively marketed these potentially dangerous drugs while downplaying or concealing the associated risks. In fact, the pharmaceutical companies engaged in lobbying efforts directed at physicians and politicians to increase opioid use to absurd levels, allowing drugs to enter the black market. Moreover, the wholesale distributors of opioids may have violated the federal Controlled Substances Act because they did not alert the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of suspicious purchases that may have indicated illegal uses of opioid drugs.
Marcus & Mack is proud to represent governmental entities that have incurred additional costs due to the opioid epidemic in their legal action against the pharmaceutical companies. Contact us today to learn more.
The American company Monsanto manufactures Roundup, one of the most popular weed-killing pesticides on the market. Monsanto and Roundup have also been the targets of extensive legal action. In particular, the State of California has repeatedly attempted to have Roundup banned or carry a warning label due to the potential for harm caused by Roundup.
The chemical in Roundup believed to be harmful is glyphosate, which some studies have found has been linked to causing cancer and birth defects. Monsanto denies such accusations. But many people and health advocacy groups have taken strong legal action against Monsato for years due to health problems they claim were caused by exposure to Roundup.
If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by Roundup, don’t let Monsanto’s denials deter you. Take legal action. Talk to our law firm. We can explain all the legal options available to you and help you pursue legal action against Monsanto. We understand how the legal system works and we know how to get results.
Talcum powder might not seem like a harmful product. Parents use talcum powder on babies all the time. And many people apply talcum powder onto their feet. But silica-based talcum powder has been linked to many serious injuries and illnesses.
Specifically, magnesium silicate in talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer in many women. Uterine cancer has also been linked to long-term use of talcum powder by women. Specifically, women who have used talcum powder on or near their genitals have developed cancer due to absorption of silica in ovarian tissue, which results in inflammation that often leads to cancer.
Many companies that manufacture talcum powder deny the harmful effects caused by their products. But numerous studies have documented the harmful effects of talcum powder for decades. You have rights. And we can fight for them. Contact our law firm and find out how we can help you with your talcum powder injury case.
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a popularly prescribed blood thinner used to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of serious medical conditions such as stroke. Xarelto’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and its marketer, Bayer Healthcare, aggressively pushed Xarelto as a preferable alternative to warfarin, a blood thinner that has been on the market for many years, on the grounds that Xarelto requires no blood testing and can be administered in a convenient once-a-day pill form.
However, Xarelto differs from warfarin in another critically important way: It has no bleeding antidote. While uncontrolled bleeding caused by warfarin can be reversed with vitamin K, patients who have been treated with Xarelto are at substantial risk of serious and fatal injuries.
Specifically, Xarelto has been linked to the following side effects:
- Internal bleeding
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Brain bleed
- Wound leaks
Lawsuits filed against Janssen, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson allege that these companies aggressively marketed the drug, failed to warn doctors and patients about the risk of irreversible internal bleeding, did not provide clear guidance in regard to whether patients were qualified to take Xarelto, and did not communicate that a substitute medication (warfarin) was just as effective at reducing clots without the risk of excessive and potentially fatal blood loss.
Marcus & Mack is currently reviewing cases involving serious injuries caused by Xarelto. If you suffered any of the side effects listed above or a loved one died while taking Xarelto, contact us to learn more about all your legal options.