You may have grounds for a Truvada lawsuit if you suffered an injury due to a serious side effect from Truvada. You could also have legal recourse if a close relative died after developing a serious condition due to the medication.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Truvada is a drug that can treat and prevent HIV. The CDC mentions the most common side effects of Truvada as:
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
However, in some individuals, Truvada can cause significant and potentially deadly medical conditions. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you could have grounds for a Truvada lawsuit.
Serious Side Effects from Truvada
The maker of Truvada, Gilead Sciences, Inc., may have downplayed the drug’s serious side effects. Those who took the medication to avoid HIV infection or treat an existing HIV infection may be able to recover compensation. If your doctor diagnosed you with a serious side effect, you could litigate. According to Stanford Health Care, significant side effects from the drug include, among others:
- Kidney failure
- Fatty liver and liver failure
- Lactic acidosis
There might be other severe side effects that could give victims grounds for filing a Truvada lawsuit.
Proving a Defective Drug Claim
Proving a defective drug claim can be challenging and, frankly, intimidating. You will most likely be up against a powerful pharmaceutical company with virtually unlimited resources. However, those who suffered injuries due to a defective drug could have a solid case if they can prove they took the drug and subsequently suffered a serious injury.
To have a case against a drug manufacturer or other liable party, a plaintiff will have to prove:
Proof of Injury
In a lawsuit, you will have to prove your injuries. If you suffered serious side effects due to taking Truvada, you should be able to show proof of the condition and any treatments you had. Proof can include medical reports, doctor’s statements, and medical bills for any treatments.
Proof of Defect
Proving the defect of the drug can be more complicated and require expert witnesses. A drug can be defective in various ways, including:
- Defective Manufacturing
Defects in manufacturing can result in a bad or impure medication that injures consumers.
- Dangerous Side Effects
Concealing dangerous side effects from consumers is illegal. Truvada may produce dangerous and potentially fatal side effects in some individuals.
- False Marketing
False marketing can include insufficient labeling of the drug, for example, omitting serious side effects or incomplete information regarding usage.
In the case of Truvada, plaintiffs allege that manufacturer Gilead Sciences, Inc. knew about considerable design flaws responsible for the serious side effects that consumers experienced. The lawsuits also mention a failure to warn patients and doctors of significant health risks. The manufacturer may have been keeping any side effects quiet. However, some say they allegedly knew about the drug’s potential toxicity, which led them to develop a safer alternative medication.
If you are considering taking legal action regarding a defective drug, consult with an attorney to find out whether you have grounds for a Truvada lawsuit.
Compensation in Defective Drug Cases
If you could hold a drug manufacturer accountable for your damages, you could receive compensation for your suffering, injuries, and monetary losses. The two main categories of damages you could receive in a lawsuit include:
Economic damages will reimburse you for any actual expenses, such as hospital bills, expenses for medical treatments and devices, the cost of specialists, and physical therapy. If you have been unable to work, economic damages can also include loss of any earnings and future earnings.
Non-economic damages can be subjective and challenging to assess. However, if you had to endure painful injuries and significant medical treatments, non-economic damages can be considerable. You could receive awards for pain and suffering, reduced life enjoyment, mental distress, and others.
A Truvada Lawsuit Lawyer Can Fight for You
If you want to find out whether you have grounds for a Truvada lawsuit, contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for legal advice and assistance. We can help victims who suffered injuries and other damages seek the compensation they deserve.
Defective drug lawsuits can be complex and tough to litigate. However, we do not shy away from holding powerful pharmaceutical companies accountable. We can help you with all aspects of your Truvada lawsuit, including gathering evidence to prove your case, building a comprehensive case against the drug manufacturer, and defending your interests at all times.
Do not wait to seek justice, as there are time limits for filing dangerous drug lawsuits. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC now at (800) 983-6116 for a free case review.