People expect prescription drug companies to adequately test for safety and effectiveness before placing their products into the marketplace. But this is not always the case. While prescription drugs are vital and essential to fight against disease and illnesses, they also carry serious risks. In addition to the lengthy list of side effects, these drugs may also cause severe debilitating injuries, even death.
If you or someone you love has been impacted by the negative side effects of a prescription drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced attorney today so they can evaluate your potential claim.
A prescription drug case will generally fall under one of two types of categories: a class-action lawsuit or a multidistrict litigation (MDL). In a class-action lawsuit, an individual or small group of individuals serves as the leader for a larger group of people injured by a prescription drug. After filing a lawsuit in state or federal court, the class representatives ask the court to certify the lawsuit as a class action. The court may or may not certify the case as a class action depending on a list of criteria. If the parties reach a settlement in a class action lawsuit, their attorneys develop a plan for notifying the potential class members and settling their claims.
In a multidistrict litigation (MDL), the lawsuits are not consolidated and remain separate. A single judge oversees all the cases, which usually involves grouping cases with common factual or legal issues together for discovery, pre-trial hearings, trial scheduling and settlement conferences. This allows the court to address common issues that affect many cases at once. To understand which path may be the best for your case, consider talking to a prescription drug attorney today.