As a continuation of Dangerous Drugs and Personal Injury Lawsuits (Part 1), here is some additional important information about some of the prescription medications that have recently come under fire for their risk of causing serious side effects and injuries to consumers.
- Depakote – Depakote and similar anti-epileptic drugs have been linked to a significantly increased risk of birth defects (particularly mental impairments) when women take these drugs when pregnant.
- Abilify, Risperdal and Zyprexa – These and other antipsychotic medications are commonly prescribed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other mood disorders. However, research has indicated that these medications can significantly increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
- Zoloft – Zoloft and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are antidepressants that are also commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder, PTSD and obsessive compulsive disorder. Despite their effectiveness, however, SSRIs have been shown to cause some serious birth defects (such as heart, lung, skeletal and cognitive defects) when taken during pregnancy.
In the event that these or other dangerous drugs cause serious side effects, injured parties can file a dangerous drug lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug and will likely be entitled to compensation for their:
- Medical bills and ongoing treatment costs
- Permanent disabilities or injuries (if applicable)
- Lost wages or future inability to earn a living
- Impaired quality of life due to their injuries
- Mental anguish and suffering.
Mount Vernon Personal Injury Lawyers
At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon personal injury lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life. If you have been injured after taking a dangerous drug, or if you have lost a loved one due to any dangerous medication, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 for a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.