Despite being prescribed by a physician, some medications are dangerous. They have side effects that may or may not be advertised and they can cause adverse problems in some individuals. If you have taken a medication and suffered an injury or adverse effect that caused you to have to seek out medical attention, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Here are a few of the reasons why you will need a personal injury lawyer for these cases.
File Within the Allowed Time Limit
One of the reasons why you should hire a personal injury attorney in Southern Nevada is because you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim. If you fail to file your claim within the statute of limitations, you give up your right to bring a lawsuit forward, meaning you cannot recover any money. Determining the specified period of time can be tricky, as you may not realize the medication was dangerous or caused you harm for some time. Your attorney can look at the facts surrounding the case, determine when the clock starts to tick on your case and make sure you file before the statute tolls.
To Determine if You Have a Compensable Case
A personal injury lawyer will help you find out if you even have a case. In some cases, there are problems that arise when you take a prescription medication that cannot be predicted or guarded against. For example, you may have an allergy to penicillin that no one knows about. When you take this medication for the first time, symptoms arise. This would not be a compensable case. However, if a doctor knows you have a penicillin allergy and prescribes you with medication and then you have symptoms, the doctor could be liable for the injuries or problems you sustain. A personal injury lawyer needs to do their due diligence in determining whether the problems you sustained should have been known about or were known about and concealed.
To Determine Who You May Have a Claim Against
It is not always clear cut who you should bring a claim against in regards to dangerous medication cases. In some cases, you may have a claim against the prescribing physician. In some cases, your claim may be against the pharmacy, and in other cases, it may be against the manufacturer of the medication or a combination of these parties. A personal injury lawyer in Nevada will look at the facts surrounding your case and see who may have had culpability in your case. They will help you bring a lawsuit against any and all parties who may be responsible.
To Help You Settle or Win Your Case
The last reason why you need a personal injury attorney is to help you settle or win your case. Valuing one of these types of cases is not always easy. You may know exactly how much your past medical bills were related to the injuries, but you may not know how much your future bills will be. Also, valuing your pain and suffering is challenging. An experienced lawyer can help determine how much your case is to work and negotiate a fair settlement or take your case to trial to help you recover the money you are entitled to.
Were you prescribed with a dangerous medication that caused you to have to seek out medical attention? If so, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the maker of the medication and/or the doctor who prescribed you the medication. Having a Las Vegas personal injury attorney who is experienced in these types of cases is important. Here at Edward Bernstein & Associates, we can help you with your dangerous drug cases. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.