If you have been seriously injured because of a dangerous prescription drug such as Yasmin, you may be eligible to file a dangerous drug claim against the drug’s manufacturer, and numerous other parties, for that matter. Any other party that played a part in making or distributing the dangerous prescription drug could be held liable in a dangerous drug claim.
Bringing a dangerous drug claim against a large pharmaceutical company may seem like a daunting task. On the other hand, prescription drugs can bring in millions of dollars to a pharmaceutical company, so companies have a lot to lose in a dangerous prescription drug claim. While a pharmaceutical company may have the resources to assemble a legal team, this shouldn’t deter you from recovering damages for your injuries through a dangerous prescription drug claim.
What is Yasmin?
Yasmin, also known as drospirenone, is an effective birth control pill. In fact, it has been found to be 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Despite its effectiveness, it has also been linked to serious side effects.
Yasmin works by preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg, and the egg from attaching to the lining of the uterus. It comes in a 24/4-pill dosage, which means that the first 24 pills are active with synthetic progestin hormones and the other 4 pills are placebos. It has been proven effective when taken at the same time every day, within 2 hours of the set time.
Understanding Yasmin Side Effects
As with all prescription drug use, there is a chance that a user will experience side effects from Yasmin. While some side effects are minor and dissipate on their own, others are more serious and can lead to long-term medical consequences.
Serious Yasmin side effects include:
- unexplained vaginal bleeding;
- blood clots;
- lumps in the breast;
- severe allergic reactions;
- pulmonary embolism;
- heart attack;
- high cholesterol;
- liver damage; and
- kidney damage.
Contact your physician immediately if you have experienced any of the above-mentioned Yasmin side effects. If you have suffered from a serious Yasmin side effect, then you may be eligible to file a dangerous drug claim. A Chicago product liability attorney can help you determine if you have grounds for a dangerous prescription drug case.
Risk Factors for Yasmin Side Effects
Some women in particular have risk factors that increase the likelihood of Yasmin side effects.
Women with increased risk factors typically have a history of one or more of the following conditions, including:
- adrenal gland disorder;
- history of smoking (or tobacco use);
- blood clot disorder;
- contraception-induced jaundice;
- kidney/liver disease;
- excessive consumption of alcohol;
- hypertension/high cholesterol;
- heart disease (cardiovascular issues);
- hormone therapy; and
- certain types of cancer (such as uterine or breast).
Your prescribing physician should do a thorough medical history with you to make sure that Yasmin side effects are not a significant risk factor for you. But even with a complete medical evaluation, you may still be susceptible to the effects of a dangerous prescription drug, including Yasmin. In these circumstances, you may be eligible to pursue damages in a dangerous drug claim in Illinois.
Liability in a Dangerous Drug Claim in Illinois
If it has been determined that your ill health was caused by Yasmin, you and your Chicago product liability attorney may choose to file a dangerous drug claim against those who were responsible for your injuries. Your Chicago product liability attorney will first have to determine the liable party.
Liability in a dangerous drug claim in Illinois may include the:
- retailer; and
- healthcare professionals.
Not only can those involved in the making and selling of dangerous prescription drugs be held liable, but healthcare professionals may also be responsible if there is a failure to warn a patient about the potential risks of a dangerous prescription drug such as Yasmin.
Damages in a Dangerous Drug Claim in Illinois
A dangerous drug claim in Illinois can account for multiple losses. It can address not only your physical injuries from the drug, but the financial hardship from medical bills and lost time at work, as well.
Damages that may be recovered in a dangerous drug claim in Illinois can include:
- hospital expenses;
- doctor bills;
- lost wages;
- permanent disability;
- pain and suffering; and
- ongoing medical costs.
A Chicago product liability attorney will investigate all the details of your case. In addition to evaluating liable parties, your attorney will also assess the full extent of your injuries, to work toward compensation that will cover all of your losses.
How a Chicago Product Liability Attorney Can Help
If you have been seriously injured after experiencing severe Yasmin side effects, you may be eligible to file a dangerous drug claim. A Chicago product liability attorney can evaluate your case, collect the necessary medical evidence and help you file your dangerous drug claim.
The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. have tried many cases like yours and understand how the liability can spread across one or more defendants. For a no-cost case evaluation and help preparing your evidence, contact us today – 312-263-1080.