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Placing Safety of Patients Over Profit

Medicines and medical devices are supposed to treat illnesses and conditions, and help alleviate a patient’s suffering.  Examples of these products include: prescription and over-the-counter drugs, hip implants, and pacemakers.  When products such as these are negligently designed, however, serious injury may result, and the law provides that the manufacturers of such products may be held accountable.  No one should suffer because a drug or medical device manufacturer “cut corners” in the making of its product, choosing profits over the safety of patients.

The best and surest way to be compensated for your injury and to hold manufacturers responsible for their negligence is to seek out an experienced drug and medical device injury attorney, like one on our team at Seeger Weiss LLP.

Seeger Weiss’ expertise and success in drug or medical device injury litigation has earned it a reputation as one of the leading firms in the nation. We have the experience and resources to take on even the largest and most-well financed manufacturers and adversaries.  Over the last 20 years, Seeger Weiss has won or favorably settled thousands of cases on behalf of our clients and their families, providing them with the compensation and support they need and deserve.  Some recent examples and success include:

Examples:

  • Seeger Weiss served as Lead Counsel in litigation against AbbVie Inc. and other manufacturers, concerning their testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products. The firm served as trial counsel in several bellwether trials against AbbVie over their testosterone product AndroGel, winning federal jury verdicts greater than $150 million in the first case and $140 million in the second. The firm continues to represent plaintiffs in the ongoing litigation.
  • Seeger Weiss was lead counsel for a multidistrict litigation involving approximately 27,000 separate cases against Merck & Co. over recalled pain medication Vioxx, associated with cardiovascular injuries including heart attacks. Following five years of intense litigation, Seeger Weiss was one of the lead negotiators of a $4.85 billion settlement.  In another litigation involving similar paid medications, Bextra and Celebrex, Seeger Weiss helped negotiate a $894 million settlement.

When you are ready for a consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our law firm directly by dialing 877-912-2668.  We represent clients from throughout the country in courts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and together with co-counsel, nationwide.

Most people will go through their life and rely on medications like antibiotics or more serious pain medication at least once. Part of this process involves a trust that the physician prescribes these drugs after careful thought and the assumption that drug manufacturer has done everything possible to ensure that these medications are safe for humans to use.

Unfortunately, even though drug manufacturers a have a clear responsibility to ensure that all the medications they sell are as safe as possible and have appropriate warnings regarding any side effects, drug injuries or possible risks, many medications make it to the shelves of your pharmacy and could lead to critical injuries.

When a drug company makes profits the bottom line, patients might suffer critical injuries in the interim. Even when the FDA ultimately issues a recall, many patients might have had to suffer in order to prevent others from suffering a similar fate.

How Drug Injuries Become Publicized

Often, it is the patients who take the drugs and the doctors who prescribe them who raise suspicion about potential drug injuries. Even though there are regulations about proper testing and safety protocol for medications, drug injuries can and do result when companies rush this process rather than ensuring that the drug is as safe as possible for consumers.

When patients and doctors start sharing news of adverse reports, the next stage is typically an FDA investigation and medical research studies to discover whether or not these links exist. By the time the FDA pulls a medication or requires some other step on the manufacturer’s part, it’s likely that many patients have already suffered. Those patients may only be able to pursue recourse by filing a personal injury claim.

Basics of Drug Injuries

In the best case scenario, patients are eligible to evaluate the benefits and risks of taking a particular medication with the help of their physician. However, some pharmaceutical companies do not take the appropriate steps necessary to protect consumers. Instead, these companies make their bottom-line the primary purpose and shelve public safety. Unfortunately, these devastating side effects and severe drug injuries have the potential to turn your life upside down. Some of the worst symptoms may even be life threatening.

Do Injured Patients Have Rights?

Although it’s unfortunate to accept that many of these manufacturers know the risks upfront and may even intentionally cover up dangerous side effects to obtain government approval, you may be eligible to pursue legal action by speaking with an experienced attorney. Many of these defective and dangerous drug injuries could lead to a multi-million-dollar class action lawsuit against the companies who make them and the companies who market them.

Some of the drug cases we are currently investigating include:

Vast Experience and Leadership in Drug Injury Litigation

Seeger Weiss was vital in playing a lead role in securing a $4.85 billion settlement on behalf of patients who had been taking the painkiller Vioxx and another $894 million for companion medications Bextra and Celebrex.

Seeger Weiss’ lawyers have been placed at the head of many plaintiff steering committees in multi-district litigation cases. Learn more about your rights by consulting with the experienced attorneys at Seeger Weiss today.

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