While most people believe that a personal injury lawyer is limited to practicing law as it pertains to motor vehicle accidents and on-the-job injuries, an injury lawyer also litigates cases in which prescription drugs cause severe illness and long-term disability.
If you become seriously ill or develop a long-term disability as a result of taking any of the following prescription medications, get frequent medical examinations. Then, consult with an injury lawyer to determine if you should proceed with litigation against the drug company or even the physician who failed to monitor your medical status while taking the drug.
If your physician believes that you are at high risk for stroke, heart attack, or blood clots, he or she may recommend that you take anticoagulant medication. Also known as blood thinners, anticoagulants help keep your blood from clotting abnormally. While anticoagulants do reduce your risk for heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots, they can raise your risk for dangerous bleeding.
This bleeding may develop in your oral cavity, bladder, and nose. Anticoagulants can also cause life-threatening hemorrhaging in your gastrointestinal tract and brain. Bleeding in the brain is also known as an intracranial hemorrhage and can cause severe disability and even loss of life.
If you have experienced a severe bleeding event as a result of taking anticoagulants, your injury lawyer, along with the assistance of a medical legal professional, will review your hospital records as well as your physician notes to determine if you should push forward with legal action.
People who are unable to lower their cholesterol levels through lifestyle modifications such as increasing exercise, weight loss, eating a low-fat and low-sugar diet and avoiding smoking, may be prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. These drugs help to decrease total cholesterol levels while raising high-density lipoproteins, also known as "good cholesterol."
While considered safe for most people, statin medications can raise your risk for a serious muscle disorder known as rhabdomyolysis. This can cause your muscle tissue to slough off into your bloodstream and, if not recognized and treated quickly, can lead to renal failure.
If you experience severe muscle pain while taking statin drugs, call your doctor right away. If he or she fails to order lab tests that could help diagnosis rhabdomyolysis, you may need to contact a personal injury lawyer. The attorney will review your case, symptoms, and diagnostic tests to determine if your physician failed to take the proper measures in diagnosing and treating this serious illness in a timely manner.
Also, if you have an existing liver disease, such as chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis, and your doctor prescribed statin medications that caused you further illness or disability, your lawyer may believe that you are entitled to a substantial monetary settlement.
Your physician, and other medical personnel who took care of you while you were hospitalized for your illness, may be summoned to appear in court or at least to your lawyer's office for a deposition. Based on your case and your current health status, your personal injury lawyer may decide to take your case to trial or, if you approve, settle out of court.
If you believe that you have suffered unnecessarily as a result of medication adverse reactions or from the neglect of your physician, make an appointment for a consultation with a personal injury lawyer. He or she will review your case to determine if you should pursue litigation against your doctor, the pharmaceutical company, or both. Not only might you be eligible for a monetary settlement for your pain and suffering, but you may also be eligible for costs for your future medical care.