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Compensation for Dangerous Drug Injuries

Let the New York product liability lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, fight on your behalf to hold the unscrupulous pharmaceutical company accountable for the injuries and losses you have suffered. We have the experience and the resources to take on reckless corporations.

But you must reach out to us as soon as you can. You may be eligible to receive a substantial amount of money from the at-fault party, but the longer you wait to pursue damages, the greater your chance of missing the deadline to file.

Simply fill out our contact form online or call (212) 986-7353 to set up a consultation with a knowledgeable attorney right away. We can help you make an informed decision about your future.

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Putting Profit Ahead of Public Safety

Before any medication is made available to the public, drug manufacturers are required to conduct thorough tests and evaluations in order to determine whether the product is safe for consumption. It can take years for a medication to make its way from the testing lab to the pharmacy shelf. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for pharmaceutical companies to rush this essential process or even bypass it completely for the sake of making a profit.

Other common forms of pharmaceutical negligence include:

  • Bribing doctors and others in the medical industry to push products
  • Manufacturing drugs in unsanitary or contaminated conditions
  • Making false claims or encouraging off-label uses for products
  • Submitting false or misleading information to receive FDA approval

As someone who has been injured or lost a loved one due to reckless drug manufacturers, taking legal action will not only help you recover financial compensation, but you’ll also be able to hold big pharmaceutical companies responsible for their harmful actions.

With a strong legal team on your side, you can stand up to major drug manufacturers with confidence.

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Do I Really Need an Attorney?

The short and simple answer to that question is yes, you do. If you are even considering filing a civil claim involving a pharmaceutical company, you should speak with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney first. These types of cases are very difficult to pursue and prove, and often take years to fully resolve. This is not a process you want to handle on your own. The pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and health insurance companies all have lawyers representing them - and so should you!

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What Are Negligence and Liability?

Negligence and liability are the two key concepts in any civil lawsuit. Proving them both is pivotal to winning your claim. Negligence is an act (or inaction) that a reasonable person would not perform. There is quite a lot of discretion involved in deciding what constitutes a "reasonable" action, but a certain amount of common sense is involved. For example, most people (and courts) agree that firing a gun in a crowded area is not reasonable behavior; nor is operating a vehicle while intoxicated beyond the legal limit.

Liability is establishing who is responsible for harm or damages that occur, typically through some form of negligence. It not only means proving that someone was negligent, but that the negligence was a direct cause of the injuries incurred. A person driving a vehicle while drunk is negligent, but if you were injured because you fell down some stairs, then a drunk driver is not liable for what happened to you. On the other hand, if you are struck by the drunk driver, then there is a direct link between his negligence, and liability for your injuries.

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What’s Involved in a Pharmaceutical Lawsuit?

Any kind of pharmaceutical lawsuit is going to be a lot more complicated than one involving a drunk driver. Drug companies spend a lot of money developing their products, and do just about anything to protect their profits. This is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side to take the fight to them. A great deal of paperwork needs to filed, but more importantly, you and your attorneys will need to prove negligence and liability.

How this will be done depends on your specific case. Your lawyer can advise you on exactly what strategy he or she is going to take. In general, however, your lawyer will need to gather information from within the company, expert testimony from doctors and scientists, as well as examples from other cases or from clinical research that prove the pharmaceutical company acted wrongfully. If it sounds like a lot of work, that's because it is a lot of work - and that is what we do for you!

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Class Action vs. Individual Suit

In some instances, you might hear about class action lawsuits being filed against a drug company over a recalled drug or similar product. In a class action suit, all the individuals who might file a civil claim against the company instead come together to file a single large claim, or class action.

This is a risky step to take, because all of the claimants win or lose as one and have little or no recourse if the class action fails. It can be the right action in some instances, since it allows lawyers to come together and pool their resources, but it all depends on the details of the situation. Hiring an experienced attorney who understands pharmaceutical cases is the best way to make sure you know all your options and take the best steps toward gaining compensation for your injuries.

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Our Pharmaceutical Litigation Case Results

$8.5 Million - Verdict For NY Stroke Victim

A 62 year-old man suffered a stroke following a delay in surgery and discontinuance of a medication (Heparin) which prevents blood clotting.

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$4.25 Million - Client Developed Permanent Steroid Myopathy

Phil Russotti obtained the second largest medical malpractice jury verdict in the State of Hawaii's history on behalf of a young woman who developed steroid myopathy after administration of excessive amounts of steroids.

Philip Russotti

$500,000 - Hearing Loss from Medication Overdose

Jason Rubin settled a medical malpractice action involving hearing loss in a 15 year old girl as a result of over-administration of the medication Desferal.

Jason Rubin

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Protecting Your Health and Your Future

If you or a family member has been harmed by a negligent pharmaceutical company, do not wait to contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, for a free, comprehensive case evaluation. We will fight tirelessly on your behalf to recover the financial support you are entitled to. Call (212) 986-7353 now.

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