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Pharmaceutical Liability

Pharmaceutical negligence & liability: We hold drug companies accountable

Consumers trust drug manufacturers to produce safe and effective pharmaceuticals to treat a multitude of health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic pain, weight control, depression, and many other medical conditions.

Unfortunately, many drug companies put profits ahead of patients. And sometimes, when pharma companies fail to effectively manage the risks of their drugs, patients suffer — enduring overdoses, allergic reactions, and drug interactions that lead to catastrophic results. Los Angeles’s Bailey & Partners law firm has been handling defective-drug and other pharmaceutical cases in the Los Angeles area for more than three decades. If a pharmaceutical drug has harmed you or a loved one, we’ll take on whoever is responsible — including Big Pharma giants and their outsized legal teams.

The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of drug companies’ negligence
The pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable sector in the United States, topping the annual Fortune 500 ranking of American industries. Pharmaceutical companies have the responsibility to produce safe products for consumer use. But to maintain those staggering profits, some companies are hesitant to recall dangerous drugs, and others put new drugs on the market without sufficient research on their safety. In a few instances, pharmaceutical companies have knowingly concealed information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the health care community about safety issues with their products.

Even though most pharmaceutical companies and California pharmacists usually do their jobs correctly, there are times when they make mistakes. Just one mistake can cause serious health problems or death.

When drug companies or pharmacists err through missteps such as mislabeling, poor safety measures, inadequate testing, or other reckless behavior, victims need an experienced pharmaceutical liability attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured by the use of an unsafe drug, you have the right to recover damages.

Grounds for your lawsuit
Depending upon the circumstances of a case, a lawsuit is usually filed under one of the following legal theories:

  • Negligence: A person or company is liable for your injuries if they were negligent in causing the harm. This liability can be based on a careless action (or a failure to act) as compared to how a reasonable person or company would act in the same situation. For example, a pharmaceutical company may be negligent if it failed to perform adequate safety research before putting a new drug on the market.
  • Strict liability: The theory of strict liability does not require fault on behalf of the drug company, and the plaintiff does not have to show negligence. Under this theory, the drug manufacturer is liable if there was a defect in the design, manufacture, or labeling of a product and that defect caused an injury.

Recoverable damages
In a product liability lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company, recoverable damages may include any of the following:

  • Past, present and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages, both past and future
  • Pain and suffering and/or loss of consortium (a claim filed by a victim’s spouse for loss of affection and marital relations)
  • Wrongful death compensation, if the drug caused a fatal reaction

  • Bailey & Partners: Battling Big Pharma’s heavy hitters
    A product liability action against a pharmaceutical company can be very complex and expensive. Massive drug companies have vast resources and armies of lawyers fighting on their behalf when a drug is alleged to be unsafe.

    If you have been harmed by any prescription drug and you feel overwhelmed by the challenges you are facing, you have allies in the experienced attorneys at Bailey & Partners. We have the resources, the commitment, and the experience to stand up to even the largest corporations if that is what it takes to achieve our clients’ best interests. Drug manufacturers have a moral and legal responsibility to provide safe pharmaceuticals to the public, and Bailey & Partners will seek to hold them responsible if you are injured by their negligence.

    E-mail us or call us at 800-973-2263 to schedule a free evaluation with one of our lawyers with extensive experience in pharmaceutical drug cases.