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Mississippi Attorneys Advising Clients Injured by OTC/Prescription Drug Defects

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can have adverse, even fatal, side effects

Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs treat and cure many different ailments. However, if they are defective or dangerous, certain drugs may cause serious illness or death. If you or someone in your family has been harmed by a defective OTC or prescription drug, you may be able to obtain compensation.

Conveniently located in Biloxi, Corban • Gunn • Van Cleave Law Firm has served clients on the Gulf Coast and throughout Mississippi for more than 90 years. Our lawyers work quickly to provide you with an honest case assessment. If a drug defect has caused your family pain and suffering, our lawyers are ready to fight for you.

Types of drug-related products liability claims

Although every defective drug case is different, many cases fall into the following categories:

  • Defectively manufactured pharmaceutical drugs — A drug may undergo rigorous testing and be deemed safe for the public. However, a defect or mistake during the manufacturing phase may taint the drug, resulting in dangerous and unpredictable side effects.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs with dangerous side effects — Many drug-related products liability claims deal with medications that have unknown and dangerous side effects. Even if a drug has been on the market for a long time, an undiscovered side effect may arise, providing the basis for a class action lawsuit.
  • Improperly marketed pharmaceutical drugs — Drug manufacturers have a duty to provide adequate and accurate warnings regarding a dangerous side effect and to provide adequate instructions regarding the safe and appropriate use of the drug.

Identifying potential defendants

Drug defect cases often involve many different parties. The drug manufacturing company should be listed in your complaint for developing the medication that caused your injury. If the drug responsible for making you sick went through rigorous tests and trials, you should consider listing all those who conducted the tests and trials in your products liability lawsuit. Some pharmaceutical companies use sales representatives to increase public awareness and interest. These individuals may be partially at fault if they recommend using the drug outside its approved indication. The doctor who prescribed the drug that caused your illness may also be held liable.

Proving your claim

To prove your injury was caused by a defective drug, it is important to retain a skilled attorney. At Corban • Gunn • Van Cleave Law Firm, we consult with expert medical witnesses who examine your medical records and relevant information about the drug that caused you harm. For your case to succeed you must show the defendant or defendants acted negligently and, therefore, caused you injury. However, you also must take action quickly, since you only have three years from the date of your illness or injury to file a products liability claim.

Consult with a skilled products liability lawyer in Mississippi today

Throughout Mississippi, Corban • Gunn • Van Cleave Law Firm is known for providing diligent advocacy to victims of defective OTC and prescription drugs. If a medication or over-the-counter pill has caused your family pain, schedule a free initial consultation by calling us at 228.273.4455 or contacting us online. Located in Biloxi, our firm serves clients on the Gulf Coast and across the state.

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