We have been representing patients and their family in drug injury lawsuits for the past 17 years and this is our main practice area.
Drug injury legal compensation cases involve personal injury or wrongful death claims filed on behalf of people who, unfortunately, experienced a serious side effect, had an adverse drug reaction, or died from their use of a prescription medication.
Given our many years of experience handling these types of lawsuits we know drug injury cases deserve special attention.
Drug injury claims have a personal aspect which must be appreciated and respected by the attorney handling your case. At our law firm, we do not underestimate nor lose sight of the trust which is being placed in us by clients when they select us to represent them for their lawsuit against the responsible pharmaceutical company.
We will handle your drug injury case not only competently and professionally, but with genuine care and understanding. Any inquiries from our clients are responded to promptly, and telephone calls are always returned without delay.
If you, relatives, or friends need legal advice or legal representation for a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit involving a drug side effect, the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lamb is here to help.
We encourage you to submit a Drug Injury Case Review — it is free, confidential, and there is no obligation. Or, if you prefer, call our toll-free number, (800) 426-9535, to speak directly to attorney Tom Lamb about a possible drug injury case. Either way, you will get Mr. Lamb’s impressions — not an intake person, a paralegal, or some other lawyer — about your case based on his many years of experience.
We handle these drug injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no payment for our legal services until we are successful in getting legal compensation for you.
While our office is in Wilmington, North Carolina, we have successfully handled drug injury lawsuits for people all over the United States.
It is important to note that we do not put our clients into large class actions. Rather we favor an individual lawsuit approach, which allows us to give personal attention to each of our clients, from start to finish.
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Legal & Medical News: Featured Article
As can be seen from the following set of drug safety alerts, Pradaxa has caused significant concern among doctors and patients since soon after it first became available for use in the US.
In early December 2011 the FDA announced it would evaluate reports of bleeding in patients taking Pradaxa that have been submitted to the agency’s Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS) database to determine whether serious side effects are occurring at a higher rate than should be expected.
From the ISMP QuarterWatch 2011 Quarter 1 edition, which was published January 12, 2012, we get this summary of those adverse event reports to the FDA as regards the “substantial bleeding risks” associated with Pradaxa. In particular, gastrointestinal hemorrhages and hemorrhagic strokes were identified as some of these serious side effects in those elderly patients using Pradaxa.
The next Pradaxa safety “update” came from the ISMP QuarterWatch 2011 Quarter 2 edition, which was released April 5, 2012:
[Pradaxa], a new anticoagulant intended to reduce the risk of stroke, was a suspect drug in 856 reported cases, more than any other regularly monitored drug, but showed a decrease from 931 reports in the previous quarter. The new quarterly total included 117 reported patient deaths. With 511 reported cases of hemorrhage, and a median patient age of 80 years, these new bleeding reports reinforce our concern that vulnerable older patients may be receiving an overdose of this one-size-fits-all drug.
Due to these serious side effects, beginning in 2012 a growing number of personal injury and wrongful death Pradaxa lawsuits were filed against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
In August 2012 this federal court Pradaxa MDL, or case consolidation, was created: IN RE: PRADAXA (DABIGATRAN ETEXILATE) PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION, MDL No. 2385.
In May 2014, following several years of legal proceedings in the Pradaxa MDL, the defendant Boehringer Ingelheim agreed to settle most if not all of the approximately 4,000 filed Pradaxa lawsuits. This so-called “global-settlement” deal was reached just as the first federal court Pradaxa cases were set to go to trial in September 2014.
In May 2015 U.S. District Judge Herndon issued an Order which disbanded and ended the federal court Pradaxa MDL litigation he had presided over since August 2012. His reason for doing so: There were no active federal court Pradaxa lawsuits pending other than those which were part of the 2014 global settlement by Boehringer.
But at about the same time as Judge Herndon’s Order, there began to be a number of new Pradaxa lawsuits being filed in various state courts around the country. And this was the start of what has been referred to as a “round two” or the “second wave” of Pradaxa drug injury litigation.
The only difference, essentially, is that this round two or second wave of Pradaxa litigation is being pursued at the state court level.
The bottom line is this: If you experienced serious side effects from the use of Pradaxa, or a person died due to an adverse reaction while taking Pradaxa, you may still have a claim for legal compensation.
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