If you or a loved one is injured by a prescription drug or defective medical product, you have a right to take legal action. A drug lawsuit ensures that manufacturers are held accountable for their dangerous products and for withholding information from consumers and from the medical community.
A negative reaction to a drug you thought was safe can cost you thousands of dollars. Financial compensation can help you cover the cost of medical bills and lost wages if you are injured or made ill after using a prescription medication.
How Multidistrict Litigation Can Help You Recover Compensation from Drug Companies
Drug manufacturers are facing so many lawsuits the court system had to take action. Many of these lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).
MDL combines several independent lawsuits under the same court. It makes the process more efficient, and not only prevents the court system from being overwhelmed and reduces the cost of litigation, it helps injured parties receive compensation faster.
Other benefits of consolidating several similar cases into MDL include:
- Reducing delays
- Reducing billable attorney hours
- Grabbing media attention
- Combining resources and expert testimony
- Increasing the odds of a settlement
Drug manufacturers who put consumers at risk need to be held accountable for what they have done and the reckless way they have acted. We can help you determine if you are eligible for financial compensation if you’ve been injured by a drug.
What Does the MDL Process Include?
Like most legal action, MDL begins with a legal consultation to discuss the details of your case. This consultation can occur even if you are not yet sure you have a case. This is an opportunity for an attorney to review your case and outline for you the legal options you have available. Most attorneys offer an initial consultation free of charge.
Similar Cases are Consolidated by a Judicial Panel
If there are many similar cases related to a specific drug or other product, attorneys representing the victims can petition a judicial panel to have the cases combined. If the judicial panel determines the cases meet the requirements for MDL, the cases are moved together under one court called the transferee court. Lead counsel is then appointed and a Plaintiff Steering Committee is formed.
During this time, your attorney continues to handle your case and provide you with updates.
Evidence is gathered during the discovery phase. This can be time-consuming, but is one of the most important phases of MDL. It allows the cases to be brought together under a common goal and is to the benefit of the injured parties. This is also when the defendant must submit documentation of its claims and it’s the time hen witnesses are brought on to give testimony.
Your attorney might ask you for additional information during the discovery phase if he or she believes it will help the case.
Resolution of the MDL
In most instances, a bellwether trial is held early in the resolution phase. This is one or more of the cases involved in the MDL which are used to determine the possible outcome of the remaining cases. If verdicts result in large awards for plaintiffs during the bellwether trials, it increases the likelihood the company will offer a settlement to avoid their worst case scenario.
Should a settlement be offered, you and your attorney can discuss whether it’s fair, as well as the pros and cons of accepting it.
Contact Us for a Free Legal Consultation
If you or a loved one has experienced negative side effects after use of a medication, we can help. You have a right to compensation that can help with your medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. Contact Seeger Weiss for more information.