The Consumer Justice Foundation is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers who have been harmed by a dangerous drug or a defective consumer product. Contact our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation today if you or a loved one has suffered serious drug- or device-related injuries. We work directly with many law firms and may be able to connect you with a lawyer to discuss your claim.
Here at the Consumer Justice Foundation, our consumer advocates are just regular people like you and me, whose primary goal is to protect the public from the deceptive actions of pharmaceutical drug companies, medical device makers and product manufacturing companies who have their own best interest in mind. Far too often, innocent adults, adolescents, children and the elderly suffer life-altering or fatal injuries from side effects that likely could have been prevented had the proper warnings been provided to the public. Take the Takata exploding airbag problem, for example. Following the recall of millions of defective airbags that were believed to have been accountable for more than 100 injuries and at least six deaths, it was discovered that the Japanese airbag supplier knew about the issue for more than a decade, but failed to warn consumers about the defective auto part.
Update: December 15, 2020
100,000 Americans die every year from the known side effects of prescription drugs, which amounts to 270 medication-related fatalities each day, or one pharmaceutical drug death every five minutes. That’s more than twice the number of people who are killed in auto accidents every day.
The pharmaceutical drug industry is one of the largest and most lucrative industries in the United States, and statistics show that 65% of Americans currently use at least one prescription drug, whether it’s a diabetes drug, an antidepressant medication, a cholesterol-lowering drug or an oral contraceptive. Unfortunately, many of the most widely-used medications in the United States have been tied to devastating side effects like blood clots, diabetes, bladder cancer and even death. In fact, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription drug-related deaths have been steadily increasing over the past two decades, and have now become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.
Making the decision to start a family involves many life changes including new lifestyles, precautions and doctors. Expectant mothers and fathers rely on their OBGY to help them through the development process and through the magic of childbirth. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong and new borns are birthed with preventable birth injuries including:
Another major concern for consumers in the United States is the prevalence of potentially defective medical devices that remain on the market, despite research and adverse event reports suggesting that these consumer products are dangerous even in the context in which they are meant to be used. From metal-on-metal hip implants to surgical robots, bone graft products and power morcellators, there are hundreds if not thousands of medical devices currently being used by doctors and hospitals that could potentially put patients at unnecessary risk for permanent injuries, or possibly even death.
When it comes to suffering side effects of a defective pharmaceutical drug or medical device, recovering damages for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering can make all the difference in the world. Unfortunately, coming up against a big corporation and its team of hotshot lawyers who have all the money and resources they need right at their fingertips can be an incredibly challenging, if not completely hopeless venture. That’s why hiring an experienced product liability lawyer to represent your case is one of the most important decisions you can make when pursuing financial compensation from Big Pharma or another billion-dollar corporation. Only a professional attorney can get justice for victims of defective consumer products, and help them pursue the compensation they deserve.
The first thing you should know about product liability lawyers is that they typically offer free consultations, which means you can discuss your case with an experienced attorney for free, without being obligated to hire the attorney or move forward with your claim. They also usually operate on a contingency basis, which means if you do file your defective product claim, and you successfully recover damages from the drug or device manufacturing company, in the form of a jury award or settlement, only then will your lawyer get paid. In order to improve your chances of being compensated for your injuries and medical expenses, you should hire a skilled attorney who has experience handling cases similar to yours, and who will go to bat for you, protecting your legal rights and representing your case to the best of his or her ability.
Defective drug or medical product cases can become extremely complex, especially when complicated legal jargon, recall information and expert medical testimony comes into play. Fortunately, a qualified defective product attorney has access to expert witnesses and other medical professionals who can testify that the pharmaceutical drug you were prescribed, or the medical device you were exposed to, was defective and was the cause of your injuries.
Pharmaceutical drug and medical device makers are responsible for the safety of their products, and are obligated to provide warnings to consumers about any potential health risks or side effects. Unfortunately, when they fail to do so, innocent consumers are the ones who pay the price. When a medication or another defective consumer product causes serious injury or death, it is up to you, the victim, and your legal team to get justice and hold the big corporation responsible for its negligent and harmful actions. If you or a loved one was the victim of a serious injury caused by a defective drug, medical device or another dangerous consumer product, our consumer advocates can help put you in touch with a reputable attorney, who can help you pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, diminished earning capacity, and other damages.