We rely on the products manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers. In theory, these products protect us, enable us to live long, full lives. And many of these products do exactly that.
However, the profit motive is quite strong, and, tragically, it's not at all uncommon for drug makers and device manufacturers to cut corners. And these cut corners can get innocent people hurt.
A defective drug or medical device is unacceptable. You have a right to expect that the protect prescribed to you will work safely and as advertised. If it doesn't, and you get hurt as a result, you should speak with our personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
If you're looking for a South Carolina attorney with ample experience in defective drug and medical device cases, please call the Law Office of Bill Nettles today at (803) 828-6126.
What to Know About These Cases
The most important element of a personal injury case is the ability to prove that the party you're considering pursuing action against had a duty to you that it breached. In the case of a defective drug or medical device, both the duty and the breach are clear – the manufacturer had a duty to produce a safe, effective product, and they failed to do so.
Under South Carolina's Defective Products Act, plaintiffs in defective product claims must prove three things:
- You were injured by the product
- The product was in substantially the same state at the time of the injury as it was at the time it left the manufacturer's control
- The injury was the result of a defect that posed an unreasonable danger to the user
This law applies to drugs and medical devices.
Of course, many defective drug and medical device cases involve companies located far from South Carolina. These cases are quite commonly handled in class action litigation that crosses state borders. This does not mean you will be unable to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Many, many drugs and medical devices have proven defective in recent years. An incomplete list includes:
- Vaginal mesh
- Many hip implants
- Bair Hugger
- Knee implants
This partial list should demonstrate just how severe the problem in the US really is. Thousands of Americans are hurt every year as the result of a defective drug or medical device.
If you've suffered an injury or illness as a result of a drug or medical device, don't delay – speed is of the essence. Please call the Law Office of Bill Nettles today at (803) 828-6126. We're located in Columbia, but we handle cases in Charleston, Greenville and every other South Carolina community.