If you suffered minor to moderate injuries due to a defective drug, it may be more efficient to join an existing class-action lawsuit. If the use of a certain pharmaceutical product resulted in severe injuries or even wrongful death, patients or relatives are generally advised to file individual lawsuits.
Defective drugs can cause serious injuries and when that happens, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. As an injured patient, you could be stuck between a choice to file a pharmaceutical lawsuit against manufacturing companies either individually or as part of a class-action lawsuit. So it's important to know what's your best option.
Patients who suffered severe injuries, or representatives of patients who suffered wrongful death as a result of a defective drug, are advised to file individual lawsuits. By presenting one single case, an attorney can make sure the judge or jury will fully appreciate the severity of the injuries and the financial and emotional long-term consequences.
In a class-action lawsuit, a class of plaintiffs sues a drug maker for injuries caused by their actions or inactions. Normally, the group of people is collectively represented by a single member of the group or one or more law firms. Joining class action lawsuits is recommended for patients who suffered minor to moderate injuries. The number of plaintiffs can impress a judge or jury when the severity of their particular injuries would not.
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For help to decide which type of lawsuit to choose, contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary. We specialize in pharmaceutical lawsuits, can discuss your specific situation, and guide you through the legal choices that best fit your case.