Dangerous & Defective Drugs

As more and more research is done, new drugs intended to help with depression, pain, and more are constantly being developed and introduced to the public. All new medications must be tested, but frequently pharmaceutical manufacturers release them before some effects have been recognized. Sometimes these dangerous side effects aren’t discovered until someone has become seriously ill or injured, resulting in damage to the liver, kidney or heart, lung/pulmonary dysfunction, and other grave illnesses.

It is unfortunate, then, that Michigan is the only state in the U.S. where drug manufacturers cannot be sued by victims. We call this broad immunity, and it means that, in most cases, drug manufacturers are protected from lawsuits. As experienced attorneys, we are intimately familiar with the main exclusion to this immunity, which is when a drug manufacturer has committed fraud to get the medicine approved by the FDA. Call for a free consultation so that we can learn about your illness or injury from a defective or dangerous drug. We’ll advise you on whether pursuing a case is in your best interest.


Defective Drug or Medication Error?

Is a drug defective because someone has suffered serious side effects? Maybe, maybe not. There may have been a mistake made in how the drug was administered, or the physician may not have checked to see if the patient was allergic to any of the ingredients. Perhaps there was an error at the pharmacy, with the wrong dose or even the wrong drug being dispensed by the pharmacist. We are committed to helping victims in personal injury cases, whether they pertain to medical malpractice claims against health care professionals who make medication errors, or to product liability claims against drug manufacturers.

Types of Dangerous or Defective Drugs

It is a sad fact that, sometimes, drug companies don’t adequately test a medication before it goes to market. Or they try to downplay its side effects. In addition, medicines that are inappropriately prescribed can cause interactions with other medications or adverse reactions in the unsuspecting people who take them. In these cases, a dangerous drug lawsuit may be appropriate.

Among drugs that can be dangerous are medications designed to help with:

  • Arthritis

  • Birth Control

  • Cough, Cold, Flu and Pneumonia

  • Depression

  • Diabetes

  • Heart Problems & Hypertension

  • Painkillers

  • Seizures

  • Sleep

  • Lowering Cholesterol

  • Weight Loss

Even though Michigan laws limit the ability of a victim to file a lawsuit in the case of a problem with a drug, we recommend that you explore all of your legal options. We take particular pride in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable by litigating in these cases, especially when it seems like corporate greed has overshadowed the health and safety of the patients taking these drugs. In addition, when manufacturers use illegal, deceptive tactics because they care more about profits than about their unsuspecting customers, we believe justice should be upheld. Please contact the Whiting Law Firm for a free consultation so that we can assist you.


At Whiting Law we focus exclusively on Personal Injury and Social Security Disability cases. Our extensive experience in these areas of the law means we know exactly how to help our clients win their cases.