FAQs about Defective Drugs Cases in Indiana
Below are the answers to common initial questions many clients have when they first contact Keller and Keller. We hope that the information below address many initial concerns you may have, but if you don't find the answers here, please contact us with questions specific to your case. The consultation is free and confidential.
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How do I become part of a class-action lawsuit?
In most instances, you need not do anything. In other words, you won’t be asked to “join” a class-action lawsuit. Instead, you become a party to the lawsuit by not “opting-out.” (There are times that you may be asked to become a member, or “opt-in” for a class-action lawsuit, but these instances are rare.)
Typically a drug will be recalled in some large-scale fashion and law firms will seek out people who have suffered a type of injury as a result of taking the drug. Any resulting settlement from the lawsuit will then be shared by other members in your particular class-action group.
How long do drug lawsuits take to settle?
This is a very hard question to answer, and in all honesty, no one knows.
There are several factors that affect the time it will take for a class-action lawsuit or defective drug claim to settle. The best way to help us determine when you could possibly even begin to expect a settlement is to contact our defective drug case manager and talk to them about the specific drug that has left you or a loved one injured.
Depending on the drug, we may be able to give you additional information, such as how many people are part of the lawsuit, which drug manufacturer is being sued, and what progress has been made thus far in terms of making a recovery.
Ultimately, it's important to realize that these cases can take years. The drug manufacturers fight extremely hard to protect their interests and its not uncommon to see them file many appeals.
How does a dangerous drug get released to the public?
Many people often want to know who is responsible for the dangerous drug that they or the loved one have taken. In fact, it's not uncommon for you to be saying, "How did this happen?"
One of the ways a dangerous drug reaches the public is that the drug company who produced the medicine either minimized the or hid the risks associated with the drug and the side-effects it may cause. Another potential fault rests with the Federal Drug Adminsitration (FDA) and their failure to conduct a thorough investigation of the drug manufacturers' application concerning the defective drug.
While these are the two most common ways a bad drug is introduced to the public, it's not always the case, and that is why drug litigation is a lengthy process. There are seferal questions that need to be answered, and the drug company will fight extremely hard to limit their liability.
What types of recovery can I receive if I suffer injury after taking a defective drug?
In the event that you have a claim against a drug manufacturer for injuries caused by taking their product, it's possible you or a loved one can recover for the following 5 types of damages:
- medical costs
- rehabilitation costs
- diminished earning capacity (loss of potential or future employment)
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
How do I know if I have a Reglan lawsuit?
The only way to be sure whether or not you have a Reglan lawsuit is to contact a lawyer who is actively pursuing Reglan drug cases. However, if you have received a diagnosis of Tardive Dyskinesia from your doctor, or exhibit symptoms such as involuntary movements of the arms or legs, facial grimacing, forced blinking, involuntary clicking and/or sticking out of the tongue, or other similar movements, it's possible that you may have a case against the Reglan drugmakers.
What progress has been made with regard to current Reglan cases?
Several Reglan lawsuits are currently pending against the makers of Reglan. Every Reglan case is unique, thus each case must be viewed individually. The Reglan drug lawsuits will take time, as is expected with any drug litigation case.
Are there any safer alternatives to taking Reglan?
You will need to check with your doctor. There are several acid reflux medications currently on the market, such as Prilosec and Nexium; however, it's important to discuss with your physician whether or not these medications are safe for you.
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