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Who Is Responsible For Drug-Related Injuries?

Injury claims involving dangerous drugs often blur the lines among medical malpractice, product liability and nursing home negligence. Because there are many steps between the creation of a new drug and its use by a patient, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for drug-related injuries.

At Zwiebel and Fairbanks, LLP, in Kingston, we have helped many people affected by unsafe medications pursue compensation for their injuries. Our efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on our clients' behalf. If you have been hurt because of a prescription drug, we encourage you to contact us at 877-ABCDLAW (222-3529) to discuss your options with a lawyer.

Who Is Liable?

Assigning fault to a specific party requires the experience and technical knowledge of a drug liability attorney. Generally, everyone in a drug's chain of distribution should be considered a potential defendant if the drug causes an injury. Responsible parties may include:

  • Drug manufacturers — Drug manufacturers are required to take certain steps to keep the public safe. Those that fail to properly test a drug, label it with appropriate warnings or respond to safety concerns may be found legally responsible for any resulting harm.
  • Testing laboratories — If a laboratory fails to thoroughly test a new drug, it may share the blame for bringing an unsafe medication to market.
  • Pharmaceutical sales representatives — Pharmaceutical reps often make recommendations to doctors about how new drugs can be used. If you were prescribed a drug for something other than its original purpose, the sales rep who recommended it to your doctor may be partly to blame.

Do You Have A Legal Claim? Contact Us To Find Out.

Seasoned Guidance When You Need It Most

As you can see, many factors can affect your drug liability claim and it can be difficult to ascertain who should be named as a defendant. During your free initial consultation, one of our attorneys will listen to the facts of your case and begin determining how we can most effectively pursue compensation on your behalf.

To learn more, please contact us in Kingston at 845-338-0510. You may also reach us toll free at 877-ABCDLAW (222-3529). We serve clients throughout New York's Hudson Valley and the Capital Region.