February 2008 was a tough month for Johnson & Johnson, with two waves of their Duragesic Pain Patches being pulled from the shelves in a massive recall. However, the preceding months were even harder for hundreds (possibly thousands) of patients hurt by this medication. If you are among those experiencing medical problems, or if you had a loved one who died due to complications with a Duragesic Pain Patch, contact Anapol Schwartz right away to learn about your legal rights.
Anapol Schwartz is ready to help you through the trial process step by step. The first step is filing the lawsuit and waiting for Johnson & Johnson to respond. In most dangerous drug cases, the defendant (Johnson & Johnson in this case) will respond by denying the allegations. While the recall situation makes it impossible for them to deny that their patches were dangerous, they can try to attribute your problems to other conditions. The initial response will set the stage for the rest of the trial process.
One of the hardest parts of your Duragesic Pain Patch trial will be the discovery process. With discovery, both your lawyer and the defendantís lawyer will learn more about the case, often requiring you to fill out questionnaires or answer questions on video (called a deposition). You can help your lawyer by being honest and by preparing to give him or her the following information:
- Your other medical conditions and allergies
- Proof that the patch you were wearing was torn
- Proof that the patch you were wearing was one of those recalled
- Records of doctors office visits before and after the removal of the patch
- Your family medical history
- Your insurance information>
- Receipts from medical expenses
- A complete telling of your experiences
After discovery, a date will be set and youíll go to trail. During the trial, information about the Duragesic Pain Patch will be presented and both sides will be given time to present their case. You can choose a court trial, in which the judge decides the outcome, or a jury trial, in which a group of people from your state decide the outcome.
Duragesic Pain Patches have been dangerous since they were put on the market, and this latest recall is just another in a long history of Johnson & Johnson problems. If you or a loved one has been injured due to using a Duragesic Pain Patch, it is important to contact a lawyer at Anapol Schwartz today. You have legal rights! Help to bring this pharmaceutical company to justice.