The safety of drugs these days is a major issue not only with patients, but in the legal arena as med mal attorneys fight for justice for victims.
It’s obviously more than mere coincidences that close to 600 lawsuits have been filed against Big Pharma company Glaxo Smith Kline for their “wonder drug” Paxil. Admittedly, it’s sold as a popular antidepressant and seems to be relatively effective for some people. However, its silent side effects have the potential to cause serious harm.
The facts are that the active ingredients in this drug have been responsible for higher incidents of pulmonary hypertension and extremely high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, leading to heart failure. The FDA began warning consumers in 2005 that Paxil was linked to birth defects.
Take the case of Michelle David and her son, Lyam Kilker. David’s lawsuit alleges that Paxil hid evidence that the drug caused severe birth defects. As a result of that negligence, her son arrived in this world with life threatening heart defects. This case went to trial in Philadelphia and resulted in a $2.5 million jury award.
As little Lyam grows up, he will need additional surgeries to repair his damaged heart and will need to be on various medications for the remainder of his life. He will also be spending a lot of time with doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals. In other words his injuries, caused by the drug Paxil, altered his life significantly and the award reflected the reality of those facts.
There are literally hundreds of others that will wind their way through the court system during the course of the next few years. The road will be long and expensive as attorneys battle to obtain not just damages for their clients, but also punitive damages for Glaxo’s conduct in withholding critical information as being “outrageous.”
During the course of these many and lengthy trials, the issue of financing and being able to pay the day-to-day living expenses may become an issue; an issue that could drastically affect how your case may progress. If you are worried about a settlement and are having trouble paying bills, you may tend to accept a smaller settlement.
This doesn’t have to be the case; help is just a phone call away. Do a little online research on a service called litigation funding. You may qualify for a cash advance against your personal injury case. So, if you or someone else you know and love has been affected by a drug or some other defective product, you may have the right to file what is known as a product liability lawsuit.
Lawsuit funding can be used to pay important bills such as car payments, mortgage payments, tuition, food and medical bills. Your online research should produce a reputable lawsuit funding company that will provide the financial assistance necessary to permit you to wait for a fair and equitable verdict in your personal injury case.