Weitz & Luxenberg Sees Deeper Concerns for Consumers after CDC Warns of Risk From Four Common Medications

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A U.S. Centers for Disease Control study estimates that thousands end up in emergency rooms because of adverse events from taking either warfarin, insulin, aspirin or clopidogrel. Weitz & Luxenberg – New York mass tort and personal injury litigation law firm – says these injured patients may be entitled to compensation.

A patient badly injured by a harmful medication is entitled to make a claim in court

Responding to new U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) findings that thousands of patients are hospitalized each year due to problems arising from just four common medications, the mass tort and personal injury litigation law firm Weitz & Luxenberg PC today announced it stands ready to help patients obtain justice following serious harm from taking any unsafe pharmaceutical.

“Defective drugs cause physical injury, but also financial injury if the patient is uninsured, becomes debilitated and loses his or her job or, worse, dies,” said Weitz & Luxenberg co-founder Perry Weitz, Esq. “No one should have to suffer such consequences from being an unsuspecting victim of unsafe medicines.”

The CDC findings, published in the Nov. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and spotlighted by a Nov. 28 USA Today article, determined that two diabetes drugs and two blood-thinning agents are responsible for roughly two-thirds of all drug-related emergency hospitalizations.

The four drugs – warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), insulin, aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix) – were found by CDC researchers to have been a factor in thousands of drug-related adverse events among the elderly from 2007 to 2009, according to the publications.

The CDC investigators calculated that adults 80 and older accounted for almost 50 percent of those hospitalizations, according to the publications.

Weitz said that patients seriously harmed by these or any other pharmaceuticals should immediately contact Weitz & Luxenberg to discuss available options for pursuing a legal case against the makers.

“A patient badly injured by a harmful medication is entitled to make a claim in court,” said Weitz. “The surviving family members of a patient who dies from taking a harmful medication is likewise entitled to make a claim in court.”

Weitz added that, in lawsuits against the makers of harmful drugs, “there are potentially millions of dollars available in compensation to successful plaintiffs. These sums can be used to pay for hospitalizations and treatments not covered by insurance, to make up for wages lost, to compensate even for pain and suffering in certain circumstances.”

About Weitz & Luxenberg:

Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks among the nation’s leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg’s numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg’s more than 20 years of handling such cases – begin by contacting the firm’s Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or at clientrelations@weitzlux.com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information: http://www.weitzlux.com


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