I’ve Been Injured by a Dangerous Product: What Do I Do?

I’ve Been Injured by a Dangerous Product: What Do I Do?

Jun 01

Corporations have a responsibility to the masses that they sell to – that responsibility being that they make sure that the products they manufacture or develop, and distribute. If the products they then allow to be consumed by unwitting masses are dangerous, they are then legally accountable for any and all damages that the victim of the faulty product acquired.

According to the website of lawyers Pohl & Berk, LLP, a situation like this falls as a subset of personal injury. Personal injury is the legal term used for injury that has been sustained by the person instead of property due to ignorant or willful negligence. Due to the broad nature of the lawsuit, there are many different subsets under it and each subset requires a certain experience of study and specialization in order to defend properly.

Take, for instance, the example of Topamax. Information found on the website of Topamax lawsuit attorneys at Williams Kherkher, says that Topamax has been an approved drug used to treat epilepsy patients in order to prevent seizures. Soon, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then approved the use of the drug to treat migraines as well. (Migraines are markedly different from the usual headache in the sense that is relatively more extreme and also, in some cases, causes nausea and blurred vision, making it quite debilitating and painful.)

However, some years after the FDA approved of the drug for treating migraines, there has been evidence that the use of Topamax has caused birth defects in newly born children after the mother took the drug during pregnancy. It is suggested that consumption of Topamax during pregnancy increases the risk of cleft palate in the child or Hypospadias in boys, where the urethra is not in the appropriate place at the tip of the penis.

Some of these conditions are treatable with surgery but the cost of those medical expenses as well as the stress and pain that a family must go through due to this drug intake makes the manufacturers and distributors of the drug, Johnson and Johnson, as legally responsible for the damage, thereby should be made financially accountable for the recovery of all those affected by the drug. This is only one of the situations that can come from the consumption of a product that you did not know was dangerous.

If you or someone you know has been affected by dangerous products or consumer goods, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer with experience in this particular branch of the law immediately. While experience does not guarantee success, experience does guarantee an intimate and more specialized knowledge of the material, which could prove advantageous in court.