If you fell ill due to using a Duragesic Pain Patch, your doctor probably recommended that you see a lawyer. Likewise, if a family member has passed away due to Duragesic Pain Patch problems, youíve probably been referred to a lawyer so that you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. But, is going through a court case worth your time? Overwhelmingly, yes.
First, filing suit can help you get the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, and other bills associated with problems stemming from the Duragesic Pain Patch. Some patients do not contact their doctors because they believe they can never win the case. However, every day, patients are winning cases against Johnson & Johnson. For example, in June 2007, the Adam Hendelson family won a $5.5 million wrongful death lawsuit. Of course, thereís no guarantee that your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit will be for millions of dollars, but winning the money you need to cover your expenses is possible, even though youíre up against a pharmaceutical giant.
But what if you donít need the money? If youíre not strapped for cash, which may be the case if you had a good insurance policy, you should still consider contacting a lawyer about the Duragesic Pain Patch recall. Why? Two reasons.
To start, Johnson & Johnsonís official recall was on February 13, 2008, but there are still many people still wearing the patches, simple because they donít know the seriousness of the problem. By filing suit again Johnson & Johnson, youíre helping to shed even more light on this problem. The more people who bond together against Johnson & Johnson, the more you are encouraging others to do that same.
The other reason you should talk to an attorney is that this isnít the first problem with Duragesic Pain Patch. There have been problems with this medical option since it first hit the market in 2004, so the 2008 recall is not new news. In fact, in the past few years, the FDA has been warning the public about a number of problems with this product and other Johnson & Johnson products.
By filing your lawsuit, youíre helping to send a message to Johnson & Johnson and other pharmaceutical companies that current quality control standards are not okay. Youíre standing up against those responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people, which could help pass new quality control laws, as well as help manufacturers feel motivated to recall medications with problems sooner.
Anapol Schwartz can help you if you or a loved one has been affected by the Duregesic Pain Patch recall. If youíre currently still wearing one of the recalled patches, call your doctor for removal instructions right away, and then contact Anapol Schwartz to learn more about your legal rights.