Regardless of how badly you were hurt by your prescription medication, you can’t make an informed decision about whether to pursue a legal recovery until you know what your potential recovery may be.
Generally, there are three reasons to pursue a pharmaceutical injury class action case. You may decide to sue in order to:
- Hold the pharmaceutical company accountable for its actions.
- Deter other pharmaceutical companies from making similar decisions that put patients at risk.
- Recover financial damages.
The value of the first two reasons is subjective. You need to think about how much each of those things means to you. However, an experienced attorney can help you estimate the potential value of the third reason.
What May Be Included in Your Damage Award?
If you pursue a legal recovery, then some of the things that could be included in your damage award include your past, present, and future…
- Medical expenses. This category includes all of your health care costs, including hospitalizations, surgeries, doctors’ visits, medications, medical devices, rehabilitation therapies, and other costs.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any costs made necessary by your injury may be recoverable. This could include transportation costs, child care costs, or household help that you did not need before you were hurt by a pharmaceutical product. If your loved one died from a medication or medical device, then this category may also include funeral costs.
- Lost income. Wages, bonuses, benefits, income from self-employment and other money that you are unable to earn because of your injury should be recoverable.
- Pain and suffering. Physical pain and emotional suffering may be significant after a pharmaceutical injury—and may be recoverable in a class action lawsuit.
In some cases punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the pharmaceutical company for its actions.
To learn more about the specific amount of damages that you might recover, please schedule a free consultation with an experienced pharmaceutical injury lawyer. You can reach us at any time that is convenient or you via this website or by phone. We are available to you 24/7/365.