When you take medication, you expect it to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your health. Unfortunately, not all medications are created equal; some can cause dangerous side effects that may lead to serious health problems. It’s devastating to learn that a drug you trusted caused a life-altering illness, such as cancer or another terrifying issue.
If you suspect that your medication is causing dangerous side effects, it’s essential to take action to protect your health and your legal rights. The attorneys with McEwen Law Firm have information on what to do if your medicine is causing dangerous side effects.
Distinguishing Normal Side Effects from Dangerous Ones
First and foremost, it is essential to understand that not all side effects are dangerous. In fact, most medications have some side effects, ranging from mild to severe. Common side effects may include drowsiness, nausea, headache, and dry mouth, among others.
However, some side effects can be dangerous and even life-threatening. These dangerous side effects may include liver issues, seizures, heart problems, allergic reactions, and more. If you experience any of these dangerous side effects, it’s essential you immediately see a doctor.
It is also important to note that some medications can interact with other drugs or supplements that you are taking, leading to dangerous side effects. Before starting a new medication, remember to inform your doctor of all other medications and supplements you’re taking to avoid any potential interactions.
Follow Your Doctor’s Guidance Regarding the Drug that’s Causing Dangerous Side Effects
If you experience side effects while taking medication, follow your doctor’s guidance regarding the drug. Your doctor may recommend that you stop taking the medication or adjust your dosage to minimize side effects, and they may also prescribe additional medication to counteract the side effects.
It’s important to note that you should never stop taking the medication without first consulting with your doctor. Abruptly stopping medication can be dangerous and may cause further harm to your health.
Take Notes of All Side Effects and Illnesses You Experience as a Result
If you suspect that your medication is causing dangerous side effects, take note of all side effects and illnesses you experience as a result. This can help you track your symptoms and provide your doctor with the necessary information regarding your health.
It can also be helpful to keep a journal of your symptoms, including when they occur, how long they last, and how severe they are. This information can be valuable if you decide to pursue legal action against the drug manufacturer.
Filing a Mass Tort Lawsuit
Filing a mass tort lawsuit involves multiple plaintiffs who have been injured or harmed by a single defendant, often a corporation or organization. Plaintiffs typically file lawsuits when they suffer similar injuries or harm, and the defendant’s actions are responsible for the harm inflicted on each plaintiff. Mass tort lawsuits can be complex and lengthy, requiring significant research, evidence gathering and legal expertise.
Here’s a look at how a mass tort lawsuit typically proceeds.
Hire a Lawyer
The first step in filing a mass tort lawsuit is to identify a legal team with experience with this type of litigation. This team should include attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals who can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the process. Finding a team knowledgeable about the specific type of mass tort lawsuit that is being pursued is essential. You’ll also want a firm with a successful track record in representing clients in these cases.
The next step is to gather evidence and information about the case. The evidence collection process can involve reviewing medical records, witness statements, and other documentation related to the harm inflicted on each plaintiff. It may also involve conducting interviews with witnesses, experts, and others who can provide valuable information about the defendant’s actions and the harm they caused.
Prepare a Complaint
The legal team will prepare a complaint that outlines the allegations against the defendant and the harm inflicted on each plaintiff. They’ll typically file the complaint in the appropriate court and then serve the defendant with a copy of the complaint.
The legal team will engage in discovery, which involves exchanging information between the parties. This may include requests for documents, interrogatories, and depositions of witnesses. Discovery can be a lengthy process and is often where much of the legal strategy is developed.
Settlement Negotiations or Trial
The case will typically proceed to settlement negotiations or trial. If the two sides can settle the case, the plaintiffs will receive compensation for their injuries, and the defendant will avoid the risk and expense of going to court. The case will proceed to trial if the plaintiff and defendant can’t reach a settlement. A jury will hear the evidence and decide the outcome.
Filing a mass tort lawsuit can be a complex and time-consuming process. Still, it can provide an essential avenue of recourse for plaintiffs who have suffered harm. With the right legal team and a strong case, holding these entities accountable for their actions is possible.
Speak to a Defective Drug Lawyer
If you believe you’ve suffered harm after taking a dangerous medication, speak to a defective drug lawyer with the McEwen Law Firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys have built a successful track record representing clients who have suffered harm due to defective medications.
We can help you determine if you have a valid claim. We’ll also advise you on your legal options and represent you in court if necessary. Our lawyers can also help you navigate the legal system. We’ll work with you to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.