Over 750,000 people have died from drug overdoses since 1999 according to numbers most recently updated in March 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were 47,000 fatalities in 2018 just from opioids, and 32 percent of those cases involved prescription drugs. Dangerous drugs take many forms, and some of them are not considered to be recreational or habit-forming in nature. Unfortunately, in many cases, a drug will be administered to a victim that poses a threat of potential significant harm through interactions or side effects that could have easily been avoided if proper care had been exercised.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by a prescription or over-the-counter drug in any way in Westbury, New York, a Westbury dangerous drug lawyer from the team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is available right now to help you understand what went wrong and what you can do about it.
Was your drug-related injury the result of medical negligence or a defective drug? Our goal is to investigate the relevant facts and hold the at-fault parties accountable for the harm they inflicted upon you and the damages you have suffered as a result.
The liable parties in these cases may vary, but our team is dedicated to holding the at-fault parties legally and financially responsible for putting you in danger due to the reckless prescription of medications. Our firm is here to stand for victims in the Westbury area during their legal battles. We are ready to help you take the steps necessary to move past your traumatic ordeal.
For more information on dangerous drugs and your legal options moving forward, call a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. representative for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400.
Injuries Caused by Dangerous Drugs That Will be Eligible for Potential Compensation
According to 2017 statistics from the CDC Medication Safety Program, adverse reactions to drugs result in around 1.3 million emergency room visits every year. Out of these patients who seek emergency care, around 350,000 will require further hospitalization for treatment to address their injuries. The group most commonly affected by dangerous drug interactions is individuals over the age of 65, who are hospitalized from dangerous drugs about twice as much as younger age groups. The reasons for this increased danger lies in their age and overall health, but also in that older victims tend to be prescribed more medications – thus heightening their risk of exposure to a harmful substance.
The injuries a victim has suffered after a dangerous drug-related accident that allow them to seek compensation include:
- Heart problems, including strokes
- Diabetes-related complications such as glaucoma or neuropathy according to the Cleveland Clinic
- Brain damage
- Damage to vital organs such as the kidneys or liver
- Psychosis or other mental conditions brought on by the medication
- Blood clots
- Loss of vision
- Wrongful death
For a free legal consultation with a dangerous drug lawyer serving Westbury, call 516-932-0400
Determining Fault in Dangerous Drug Cases
Determining fault in some dangerous drug cases may be difficult. Medical reports are necessary to see why a harmful interaction occurred. Underlying health issues will sometimes cause drugs to become dangerous only in a “perfect storm” of circumstances, which will potentially be raised by a manufacturer or medical professional as a defense to claims of wrongdoing. Fighting for the injured patient, Westbury dangerous drug lawyer works to prove negligence, fighting to show liability on the manufacturer, healthcare provider, pharmacist, or other distributors of the substance. In many cases, a victim is not warned beforehand that dangerous interactions could occur when taking certain medications, thereby putting people in harm’s way when injuries could have otherwise been prevented.
For more information about how the team from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will investigate your case to prove who was responsible, call a representative at (516) 932-0400 to receive a free consultation.
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Types of Dangerous Drugs
According to the CDC, some common types of drugs that should require blood testing before being administered and constant monitoring afterward include blood thinners, medication for diabetes, heart medicine, and seizure medications. In some cases, it will not be the medication itself that causes an injury, but rather the interaction that medication could have with other medications. Additionally, virtually any drug will become a dangerous drug if it is prescribed at an incorrect dosage, including commonly used over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Advil, cough syrups, and more.
Dangerous Drug Lawyers Seeking Compensation for Their Client’s Pain and Suffering
Seemingly innocent drugs could turn dangerous in an instant if the proper authorities do not take enough time to monitor and remedy their interactions. A Westbury dangerous drug lawyer, such as a member of the team from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., will follow the chain of command in your accident case to see who was potentially acting negligently. If you decide to become one of our clients, you will not only be receiving frequent updates on your case, you will also be able to rely upon the fact that our team is working to identify the liable parties. From there, we will communicate with the parties for you, gather evidence, and determine a value for your case based on our research.
If your dangerous drug case goes to court, we are able to call upon expert witnesses to testify as to their findings, including medical experts, economists, vocational rehabilitation experts, life care planners, and more. As you have a limited time to file a lawsuit under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214, we offer potential clients a free consultation so they better understand their legal options as quickly as possible. Further, in addition to being able to assist clients in several different languages including Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada, we are also able to meet with clients on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area.
To receive a free consultation, contact a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. team member at (516) 932-0400.