The recent meningitis outbreak stemming from tainted steroid injections is being pointed to as an example of the need to improve specialty pharmacy regulation. These pharmacies are not as closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as regular drug manufacturers but are still subject to product liability lawsuits.
The number of those infected by the tainted injections – linked to a pharmacy in Massachusetts – has now reached 510. And the total number of fatalities has reached 36, according to the latest CDC data.
Collecting Evidence for an Injury Claim
Whether you are seeking compensation for injury caused by a pharmacy, product manufacturer or another individual or entity, you will need to have adequate documentation of negligence. This can come in the way of forms, letters, records, files, etc. and depends on the specific case.
For example, the following may be necessary for your product liability case against a drug manufacturer:
- prescription medication information;
- medical records;
- physical evidence (i.e., prescription bottle);
- medical/hospital invoices and bills;
- evidence of lost earnings; and
- insurance information.
Time Limits for Filing an Injury or Liability Claim
There is a limited time in which a claim can be filed, and it may vary depending on the type of claim. In New York, the statute of limitations is 30 months for medical malpractice and three years for product liability. But this can be different in other states. Failure to file in the correct timeframe could result in having no legal recourse. So even if you aren’t sure about pursuing a claim, you still may wish to discuss the case with an attorney.
This may allow you to gain a better understanding of your rights and the options that may be available. Delaying this could hinder your ability to receive any compensation if you do not file in the appropriate time frame.
Seeking a Product Liability Attorney
Don’t wait any longer. If you or someone you love suffered serious or fatal injuries as a result of negligence or product defects, contact an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates based in New York. Our law firm can be reached at 1-800-246-4878 to set up a consultation regarding a case of negligence or product liability.