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What are out-of-pocket expenses? Can I recover for them if I’ve been hurt by a defective drug or medical device?

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Your drug lawsuit settlement should cover any out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury

The goal of any personal injury case—including a pharmaceutical injury case—is to make you whole again. It is to reimburse you for the harm that you have suffered as a result of the pharmaceutical company’s negligence.

Part of that compensation is for your out-of-pocket expenses. These are the costs that you incurred as a result of the defective medical device or dangerous medication that you would not have had to pay but for the negligence of the pharmaceutical company.

What Are These Expenses?

These expenses differ from person to person. Sometimes, they can add up to be a substantial sum of money. Some of the things that you should consider are:

  • Transportation costs. The cost of getting to and from your medical appointments should be included in your out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, if you incur additional transportation expenses because of your injury then those expenses may be compensated. For example, if you used to drive to work and now you take a driving service because your injuries prevent you from driving safely, then you may recover for the difference in cost between driving yourself and the driving service.
     
  • Funeral costs. If your loved one died from a dangerous drug or medical device, then the cost of the funeral may be included in your out-of-pocket expenses.
     
  • Household help. Your injury may require you to hire childcare help or house cleaning help that you did not require before you got hurt. These costs may be included in your out-of-pocket recovery if they were caused by your injury.

Additionally, any other costs that you can prove were caused by your injury may be included in your recovery.

How to Know What To Ask For

It is very challenging to value your own damages after a pharmaceutical injury, but you don’t have to do it alone. Instead, you have the right to talk to a pharmaceutical class action attorney who can help you accurately value your out-of-pocket expenses and other damages and advise you about the pros and cons of joining a pharmaceutical class action case. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with a pharmaceutical injury lawyer, please start a live chat with us now or call us any time at 1-800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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