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Side Effects and Injury Landing

Written by Andrew Sarski on January 14, 2011
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Negligent Injuries and Drug Side Effects

Thousands of people are involved in situations in which they sustain serious injuries or experience adverse drug side effects every year. Whether the circumstances in which an injury occurs are minor or serious, victims can sustain substantial and potentially fatal injuries. For example, an individual may suffer injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident, a motor vehicle accident, a defective drug or defective product, or an occupational disease, among others. Serious injuries can cause averse complications for individuals; in some cases a victim may be unable to walk or move without discomfort, to use the stairs or pick up his child, perform simple everyday tasks, or even get out of bed. Some injuries may result in severe complications including life-altering birth defects, heart attack, stroke, physical disability, permanent paralysis, and even death. In many cases, injured individuals are unable to return to work, resulting in a loss of income on top of injury. In the case of a fatality, family members are left in extreme emotional pain, with exorbitant medical bills and funeral costs, and without a vital source of income.

Who is Liable for My Injuries and Expenses?

In many cases, serious injuries and side effects are caused by the negligence of another person or party. Regardless of the circumstances, injury victims expect the negligent person or entity to be held accountable for damages the victim sustains. In a motor vehicle accident, for example, the negligent driver who caused the accident, in the instance of an occupational disease like mesothelioma, the negligent employer who failed to provide a safe working environment for his employees. Similarly, some drug and product manufacturing companies conceal the dangers of their medications or products in order to expedite the approval process and put their product on the market. Unfortunately, this intentionally misleading practice leaves consumers susceptible to severe side effects from medications or products they believe to be safe. Under these circumstances, the manufacturing company of a defective product or defective drug should be responsible for the injuries incurred by consumers who use their product or medication in the capacity for which it was intended.

Typical Insurance Issues with Severe Injuries

Victims of serious injuries typically count on their insurance company or the company insuring the responsible party for coverage of expenses associated with the injury, including medical costs, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. However, many people are unaware of the common practices employed by insurance companies in an attempt to reduce the amount they must pay out in damages. Often, insurance claims adjusters will deny a claim, offer an unfairly low settlement, or drag out the claim in hopes that the victim will give up and not follow through. This can be devastating for injured victims, who are now facing major financial difficulties on top of catastrophic physical and emotional pain.

Injury Legal Help is Available

If you or a loved one has suffered from a side effect or injury resulting from an accident, defective drug, defective product or occupational disease, you are not at fault and you should consider how filing a personal injury lawsuit can benefit you. Your first step after seeking medical attention should be to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for legal guidance. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries and a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve. You have rights and a personal injury attorney will fight to protect you in the event of a serious side effect or injury and work towards developing a successful personal injury claim.

Injury Representation

Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be a complex process and as a victim you should be given adequate time to recover from your injuries rather than worrying about developing your case. Qualified personal injury lawyers are well-trained and have the tools and knowledge necessary to help you receive a fair settlement or compensation for your injuries. Your personal injury attorney will be familiar with cases similar to yours, making him a valuable resource in the development of your personal injury claim.

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