Some of the major side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs can include heart attack, heart disease, stroke, nervous system damage, liver disease, kidney damage, and even death. These dangerous side effects can cause long-term pain and suffering, often preventing the victim from returning to work, living a healthy life, or participating in normal, everyday activities. Some birth injuries related to the use of pharmaceutical drugs, like certain neural tube birth defects, are so catastrophic that children with these defects will require life-long medical attention. Victims of defective drug injuries will likely require extensive treatment, sometimes in the form of physical therapy, multiple surgeries, or long-term medical care. The medical expenses for these treatments will be costly, especially if the victim does not receive any compensation for these injuries, as from a defective drug lawsuit. For example, the U.S. Center for Disease Control has estimated that the hospital costs actually charged to parents for treating children with birth defects surpasses $2.5 billion each year, the bill reflecting the length of time the child was required to remain in the hospital while necessary surgeries were performed. The average cost per treated child was a shocking $18,600.
Millions of people are injured and thousands are killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year. Car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, whether minor or severe, can cause serious injury and even death of innocent victims. These injuries will require medical attention, which may include multiple surgical procedures and sometimes long-term medical care. One of the first steps most people take following an accident is to contact their insurance company in order to file an accident claim. accident-injury-275Many people, especially victims with severe injuries, depend upon that insurance claim in order to receive compensation for their injuries, as well as reimbursement for emotional pain and any loss of income they may have incurred. Unfortunately, many victims of motor vehicle injuries face unforeseen difficulties when dealing with insurance companies. Insurance claims adjusters are often trained to pay out the lowest amount in damages as possible, if at all. This often means that a victim’s claim is rejected or the victim is offered a settlement well below what he is entitled to. This is a common, if deceptive, practice that many accident victims are unaware of.
It is imperative to seek medical attention following an accident. Injuries sustained during motor vehicle accidents, even at speeds as low as five miles per hour, can cause major issues for a victim, now and in the future. While some of these injuries, like lacerations and facial injuries, may be easily recognizable and therefore treated immediately, other injuries like concussion, whiplash and head, neck and back injuries may be overlooked at first glance. Unfortunately, these are the injuries that are most likely to cause severe complications for a victim. Without the proper medical care, serious injuries can develop into life-altering conditions, affecting a victim’s ability to live a healthy life. Victims of severe accidents may be unable to return to work, participate in everyday activities, or even walk without unbearable pain.
Most people expect the products that are made available to us on a daily basis to be safe and not likely to cause us any harm when used in the capacity for which they are intended. These products serve a range of purposes, from children’s toys to prosthetic devices like artificial hip implants. Product manufacturing companies are responsible for the safety of their products, before and after they are made available to the public. Before a new product can be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it must undergo numerous clinical trials to ensure its safety in everyday use. Unfortunately, some manufacturing companies conceal the dangers associated with their product in order to expedite FDA approval. Others have discovered a loophole in the process, which allows certain products to enter the market without undergoing testing as long as the product resembles a similar product already on the market.