Dangerous Drugs

Dangerous Drugs

Dangerous Drug Lawyer in New York: Your Advocate in the Fight Against Harmful Medications

The use of hazardous drugs is a big public health concern in New York. These chemicals pose substantial hazards to people’s physical and mental health, resulting in a variety of health issues and, in rare cases, deaths. If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of the use of hazardous drugs, it is critical that you obtain legal counsel from an experienced dangerous drug attorney in New York.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Dangerous Drug Attorney in New York

When dealing with the consequences of harmful drugs, having an experienced lawyer on your side may make all the difference. A qualified attorney will grasp the complexity of dangerous drug cases and will be able to efficiently navigate the judicial system. They will walk you through the process, protecting your rights and properly investigating your case. A skilled attorney will also work hard to obtain reasonable compensation for the damages you have suffered, allowing you to reconstruct your life.

What Should I Do If I Suspect Harm from Recalled or Dangerous Drugs?

If you feel that you or someone you know has been harmed by taking recalled or unsafe medications, you must act quickly. The following are the actions you should take:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: The health and safety of the affected individual should be the top priority. Seek medical help to address any immediate health concerns and document the injuries or side effects resulting from the drug.
  2. Preserve Evidence: Save any evidence related to the drug, such as packaging, labels, receipts, or photos of the drug itself. This evidence can be crucial in building your case later on.
  3. Report the Incident: Inform the relevant authorities or the FDA about the dangerous drug and the harm it has caused. Reporting the incident can contribute to the investigation and potentially lead to a drug recall.
  4. Consult an Attorney: As mentioned earlier, consult an experienced dangerous drug attorney to assess your case, understand your legal options, and determine the appropriate course of action.

When Should I Consult a Lawyer for Dangerous Drugs?

If you or a loved one has experienced injuries or negative consequences from a harmful substance, it may be highly beneficial to contact a dangerous drug lawyer. Similarly, if you have experienced any financial loss due to the use of the drugs, contacting an attorney may be your best option. Drugs may also cause emotional distress, if you have been experiencing symptoms that may indicate that you are suffering some form of emotional distress, you should contact a lawyer. Finally, if you wish to learn more about you legal options or to explore the possibility of filing a lawsuit against a manufacturer, a highly experienced attorney can advise you. 

Types of Drugs Considered Dangerous

  • Heroin: Heroin is a highly addictive and illegal opioid drug derived from morphine. It poses severe risks of overdose and can lead to life-threatening health complications.
  • Cocaine: Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that can cause heart-related issues, seizures, and psychological problems.
  • Methamphetamine: Also known as meth, this drug is highly addictive and can lead to severe dental problems, skin sores, and cognitive impairment.
  • Fentanyl: Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid that can cause respiratory distress and has been linked to numerous overdose deaths.
  • Synthetic cannabinoids (K2 or Spice): These drugs are often marketed as legal alternatives to marijuana but can lead to severe side effects, including hallucinations and cardiovascular issues.
  • Accutane: Accutane is used to treat severe acne but has been linked to various adverse effects, including birth defects, depression, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Advair: Advair is used to manage asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it has been associated with an increased risk of asthma-related deaths and serious asthma attacks.
  • MDMA (Ecstasy): MDMA is a synthetic drug known for its hallucinogenic and stimulant properties, but it can result in dehydration, overheating, and organ failure.
  • LSD (Acid): LSD is a potent hallucinogenic drug that can trigger terrifying experiences and long-lasting psychological effects.
  • Prescription opioids (Percocet, Vicodin): These prescription painkillers can lead to addiction, respiratory depression, and even overdose.
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan): Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants that can cause memory impairment, dizziness, and dependency.
  • Methadone: Methadone is used to treat opioid addiction but can still be dangerous when misused or overprescribed.
  • Bendectin: This drug was used to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy but was withdrawn due to concerns about its potential to cause birth defects.
  • Bextra: Bextra was an anti-inflammatory medication that was withdrawn from the market due to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Bromide: Bromide was used as a sedative and anticonvulsant but is no longer used due to its toxicity and potential to cause nerve and skin issues.
  • Celebrex: Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can increase the risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes.
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES): DES was prescribed to pregnant women to prevent miscarriages but has been linked to various health issues in the children exposed to it, such as vaginal and cervical cancers and reproductive problems.
  • Ephedra: Ephedra was commonly used in weight loss supplements and performance-enhancing products but was banned due to its association with heart attacks, strokes, and even deaths.
  • Fen-Phen: Fen-Phen was a combination of fenfluramine and phentermine used for weight loss. It was withdrawn from the market due to its link to heart valve problems and pulmonary hypertension.
  • Lamisil: Lamisil is an antifungal medication used to treat nail fungus, but it can cause liver damage in some cases.
  • Lipitor: Lipitor is another statin drug used to lower cholesterol, but like other statins, it may lead to muscle problems and, rarely, rhabdomyolysis.
  • Meridia: Meridia was a weight loss drug that was withdrawn from the market due to its association with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Neurontin: Neurontin is an anticonvulsant medication, but it has been linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
  • Paxil: Paxil is an antidepressant that has been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, especially in young adults.
  • Parlodel: Parlodel is a dopamine receptor agonist used to treat conditions like Parkinson’s disease and hyperprolactinemia. It can have serious side effects such as heart valve problems.
  • Phentermine: Phentermine is used for weight loss but can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Pyridostigmine: Pyridostigmine was used to treat myasthenia gravis but was also used during the Gulf War and has been linked to Gulf War Syndrome.
  • Rezulin: Rezulin was used to treat type 2 diabetes but was withdrawn due to its association with severe liver damage.
  • Serzone: Serzone was an antidepressant but was withdrawn from the market due to its potential to cause liver failure.
  • Testosterone Treatment: Testosterone treatments have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, especially in older men.
  • Thalidomide: Thalidomide was once used as a sedative and treatment for morning sickness during pregnancy but caused severe birth defects.
  • Viagra: While Viagra is commonly used for erectile dysfunction, it can have potentially dangerous interactions with certain medications and medical conditions.
  • Vioxx: Vioxx was an anti-inflammatory drug that was withdrawn due to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Vytorin: Vytorin is a combination drug used to treat high cholesterol, but it has been associated with an increased risk of cancer in some studies.
  • Zyban: Zyban is used for smoking cessation but can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
  • Zyprexa: Zyprexa is an antipsychotic medication that can cause significant weight gain and metabolic problems.

Common Defective Dangerous Drugs

  • Actos is an oral medication used to treat type 2 diabetes by controlling the patient’s blood sugar levels. Individuals with heart conditions, a history of bladder cancer, liver disease, or fluid retention should avoid Actos. Actos may be associated with serious heart conditions, including congestive heart failure.
  • Avastin is used to treat certain types of cancer by allowing the body to produce new blood vessels. Doctors have used this drug to treat breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, and kidney cancer. This medication is linked to serious, adverse side effects, including serious bleeding and gastrointestinal perforation.
  • Byetta treats type 2 diabetes by controlling blood sugar levels in adult patients. Although this medication may effectively help diabetic individuals control their blood sugar levels, it has been linked to a variety of severe and adverse side effects including fatal pancreatic inflammation.
  • Crestor, a medication used by doctors to treat high cholesterol, may be connected to a number of health complications. According to the Crestor website, individuals with a history of liver problems should avoid taking this medication because it may be linked to liver damage and disease.
  • Fosamax is an osteoporosis drug, may be responsible for a number of damaging medical conditions. The Fosamax medication guide indicates that this drug could cause severe esophagus problems, bleeding in the stomach, and unusual bone fractures.
  • Januvia may be used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. However, the FDA launched a recent study to see if the drug is associated with pancreatic cancer. Other serious side effects associated with Januvia include upper respiratory infections, stomach problems, and severe allergic reactions.
  • Levaquin is an oral antibiotic tablet used to fight bacterial infections in the body. This medication may cause chest pain, severe dizziness, heart palpitations, confusion, depression, anxiety, seizures, and a variety of other adverse reactions. Patients with a history of heart problems should not take this medication.
  • OxyContin, a narcotic pain medication, is used to treat pain. Like many opioid painkillers, OxyContin may become habit forming. OxyContin may lead to addiction, overdose, and death. Seizures, confusion, weakness, and slow heartbeat, dry mouth, and clammy skin are also associated with this medication.
  • Prexige is an anti-inflammatory drug. This medication was originally used to treat osteoarthritis of the hip and knee; however, it has been linked to liver disease, perforation of the stomach, heart attack, infection, and kidney problems.
  • Propecia can effectively treat male baldness. Unfortunately, it is also associated with a variety of adverse side effects, including sexual side effects and male breast cancer. While these conditions are not always deadly or permanent, they can be life-altering. Other reactions include weakness, headache, swelling of the hands/feet, and difficulty breathing.
  • Yaz , Yasmin, and Beyaz are oral contraceptive pills that contains a synthetic hormone called “drospirenone.” Women taking this pill may be at a risk of fatal blood clots and dangerously high potassium levels. Depression, rapid breathing, coughing up blood, and chest pain are also linked to these medications.
  • Reglan may be used by doctors to treat nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach problems, and other conditions. However, it has been known to cause abnormal muscle movements. The FDA reports that Reglan consumers may be at risk of developing tardive dyskinesia (TD), a condition that involves uncontrollable muscle spasms.
  • SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are used to manage certain forms of depression and anxiety disorders. Some serious side effects associated with these drugs include hallucinations, confusion, vomiting blood, stiffness, and abnormal agitation. SSRIS may cause strokes as well. Specific drugs associated with these conditions include Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Effexor.
  • Trasylol can be used by doctors to impede bleeding during surgical procedures. However, this medication may be linked to a number of adverse and severe side effects, including severe allergic reactions. Some patients suffered fatal side effects when treated with Trasylol. According to the FDA, it may cause fatal anaphylactic reactions in some patients.
  • Wellbutrin is an antidepressant drug that doctors use to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although it may effectively treat these conditions, it can also cause severe, if not fatal, medical complications. Sever skin reactions, hallucinations, swollen glands, joint pain, convulsions, and heart palpitations have been connected with this medication.
  • Zetia, a medication commonly used to low patients’ cholesterol levels, has been linked to a multitude of serious and nonfatal side effects. In the past, consumers suffered from unusual bleeding, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, dizziness, fever, and heart attack. Common but less severe side effects include sneezing, tiredness, pack pain, and upset stomach.

What Are the Common Side Effects of Dangerous Drugs?

The side effects of dangerous drugs can vary widely depending on the substance involved. Some common side effects may include:

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Insomnia or sleep disruptions
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Excessive weariness or fatigue
  • Emotional instability or mood fluctuations
  • Impaired cognition or memory issues
  • Problems with the gastrointestinal tract, such as diarrhea or constipation
  • Allergic symptoms or hypersensitivity, such as rashes or breathing difficulties

Types of Dangerous Drug Cases Greenberg & Stein Handle

At Greenberg & Stein, our experienced dangerous drug attorneys handle various types of cases, including but not limited to:

1. Defective Drug Lawsuits:

Pursuing legal action against drug manufacturers for producing and distributing dangerous drugs with design flaws or inadequate warnings.

2. Pharmaceutical Malpractice:

Holding doctors, pharmacists, or other medical professionals accountable for prescribing the wrong medications or incorrect dosages.

3. Drug Recalls:

Assisting individuals affected by drug recalls due to safety issues or contamination.

4. Drug Interaction Cases:

Representing clients who have suffered harm due to dangerous drug interactions.

Types of Compensation You Can Recover

In dangerous drug cases, victims may be entitled to various types of compensation, including:

  • Medical Expenses: Reimbursement for medical treatment, hospital stays, rehabilitation, and therapy.
  • Lost Wages/Income: Compensation for the income lost due to the victim’s inability to work during recovery.
  • Rehabilitation Costs: Coverage for ongoing therapy and rehabilitation services.
  • Future Medical Expenses: Compensation for expected medical needs resulting from the drug’s adverse effects.
  • Wrongful Death: Damages for the family of a deceased victim caused by a dangerous drug.
  • Punitive Damages: Additional compensation awarded to punish the negligent party and prevent similar misconduct in the future.
  • Emotional Distress: Compensation for the emotional pain and suffering caused by the drug’s adverse effects.
  • Funeral Expenses: Coverage for funeral and burial expenses in wrongful death cases.
  • Loss of Consortium: Compensation for the loss of companionship and support experienced by the victim’s family.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Damages awarded for the loss of quality of life experienced due to the drug’s effects.
  • Legal Fees and Expenses: Reimbursement for attorney fees and other legal expenses incurred during the case.
  • Property Damage: Compensation for any property damage resulting from the dangerous drug.

How Long Do I Have to File a Recalled and Dangerous Drug Lawsuit in NY?

The statute of limitations determines the time restriction in New York for filing a recalled and hazardous drug lawsuit. Typically, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is 3 three years from the date of the injury. However, the timing varies according to the circumstances and kind of claim. It is critical to see an attorney as soon as possible to guarantee that you do not miss the deadline for your unique case.

Who’s Liable For My Recalled and Dangerous Drug Lawsuit?

In recalled and dangerous drug lawsuits, multiple parties could be held liable, including:

  • Drug Manufacturers: Manufacturers may be held liable for making and selling defective or inadequately labeled pharmaceuticals.
  • Doctors and pharmacists may be held accountable for prescribing or delivering the incorrect drug or dose.
  • Hospitals and Medical Facilities: Institutions may be held liable for pharmaceutical mistakes or failure to offer proper warnings.
  • Distributors and retailers: Companies that distribute or sell harmful pharmaceuticals may also be held liable.

Determining liability can be complex, but an experienced dangerous drug attorney can help identify the responsible parties and build a strong case on your behalf.

How Our New York Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You

At Greenberg & Stein, our New York personal injury attorneys are dedicated to advocating for victims of dangerous drugs. We can help you by reviewing your case to determine what is the best course of action. We will also investigate everything related to the case, gather evidence to build a solid case and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. Additionally, if the case cannot be solved through negotiation we will represent you in court. Do not hesitate in contacting us. Call us at 888-716-4088 to schedule a free consultation to review your case.

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