Dangerous Drug Lawyer in Los Angeles
Dangerous Drugs & Defective Medical Devices
We trust prescription drugs and medical devices to improve our health.
Unfortunately, defects in the manufacturing, faulty warning labels and
unanticipated side effects can cause patients serious harm. Our team of
personal injury lawyers at Martinian & Associates are passionate about representing victims
of defective pharmaceutical drugs as well as dangerous medical devices.
If you or someone you love was harmed in this way, then be sure to call
and speak with us about your case.
Dangerous Drug Cases We Handle
Among the many types of pharmaceutical and medical device cases we are
open to taking on, our firm emphasizes representation for the following:
This type 2 diabetes prescription has been connected to conditions such
as pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. These are the most severe side
effects, and if not treated properly, could result in death. Januvia is
the brand name of the drug
This is also a type 2 diabetes medication. It has a potential link to
kidney problems in addition to pancreatitis and other serious diseases.
Byetta is the brand name of the drug
This is a form of birth control that is implanted in a woman's uterus,
hence IUD (intrauterine device). It is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals,
and while it is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy, many women
suffer side effects such as perforation and PID.
Lawsuits are currently being filed around the United States over these
products' connection to serious adverse side effects.
Lawsuits Against Drug & Product Manufacturers
The defendants in dangerous
drug and medical device cases are most commonly the drug or product manufacturer. Some examples of major
pharmaceutical companies that have had lawsuits filed against them include:
- Bayer Pharmaceuticals
- Merck & Co.
- Johnson & Johnson
- Amylin Pharmaceuticals
In some cases, your physician may be held partially responsible for your
injuries if they prescribed you a drug or medical device that they should
have known was dangerous for you. Doctors must conduct thorough patient
counseling to learn the patient's medical history and what substances
they have a sensitivity to. Pharmaceuticals and medical devices should
have extensive warning labels to warn not only of the known risks, but
warn who should and should not use the product.
Proving Liability in a Product Defect Case
Product liability, particularly when the cases involves drugs and medical
devices, differs from your average personal injury case. There are three
major types of liability in these cases: manufacturing, design and marketing
defects. It is common for medical and drug injury cases to involve marketing
defects, also known as "failure to warn." There are very strict
warnings for medical marketing. The advertisements must be age appropriate
and not overstate the benefits or understate the risks. The drug or device's
actual warning label must also be accurate, and fully detail all the known
Pharmaceutical Mass Tort Litigation
In most medical device and drug injury cases, plaintiffs are grouped together
into what is called a "mass tort." Mass torts are the common
method for litigating product liability cases, because typically there
are many victims who are all 1) suffering from the same or similar side
effects and 2) filing lawsuits against the same company.
The Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at our firm are extremely experienced
in mass tort litigation, and have proven effective in the past. If you
believe that you have a case, please do not hesitate to call and speak
with us today. We will provide a free case evaluation so that you can
learn your rights.