Prescription Drug Interactions: Do I have a claim?
The side effects of a prescription drug interaction can be quite hazardous. If you or your loved one experienced a serious side effect or injury because of drug interactions, you may qualify to file a claim for compensation.
Professionals in the pharmaceutical industry are supposed to report any known drug interactions and ensure they prescribe and distribute medications carefully. If they act negligently in some manner and cause you serious harm, you can speak with a lawyer about how to go about filing a claim or lawsuit against the responsible party. Potential parties that may be liable for drug interactions include the following.
- Drug manufacturing companies
- Other medical professionals
Much depends on the circumstances of the case, such as if a doctor prescribes a dangerous combination of medication or if a pharmacist fails to warn about adverse effects of the interaction.
Prescription Drug Interaction Injuries Are Preventable
“Harmful drug-drug interactions are, in theory, largely preventable;” unfortunately, in one study involving 263 physicians, only 54 percent of physicians recognized contraindicated drug interactions, explains the ISMP.
Some industry professionals and organizations believe that fewer people would be harmed by drug interactions if there were a national computerized drug interaction detection system in place. However, the ISMP explains, even these programs might not be sufficient because studies have shown that computerized drug interaction detection software tends to have the following shortcomings.
- Fails to detect one-third of drug interactions
- Alerts physicians only to relatively trivial issues
- Provides such a high frequency of alerts that physicians tend to become numb to the alerts
Proving a Dangerous Drug Claim
If you or a loved one were seriously affected by a drug interaction, your first step will be to consult a dangerous drug lawyer. Your lawyer will evaluate your case and determine which party is responsible. Then you and your lawyer can compile evidence to support your claim and take the appropriate legal action.
If another party is, in fact, responsible for your injuries and you and your lawyer can demonstrate this to the insurance company or courts, you might be entitled to receive a settlement check for damages such as the following.
- Medical bills
- Disability and permanent effects of the injury
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Death benefits (in wrongful death cases)
Contact Preszler Injury Lawyers for Drug Claims in Ontario
Proving a dangerous drug interaction claim can be complex. You’ll need a substantial amount of evidence to prove that the defendant’s actions caused your injury. Preszler Law injury lawyers may be able to help by taking the steps necessary to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Contact our Ontario firm today at 1-800-JUSTICE® for a free, no-obligation initial legal consultation. We can review your situation and determine whether or not you have a solid case. If we work together, we then will begin advocating on your behalf, taking legal action and working hard to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.