Unsafe Drugs and Products
As part of our Tampa personal injury law practice, we represent individuals who have been harmed by unsafe drugs and medical products. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drug or medical product you may have a product liability claim against the drug manufacturer and possibly others in the distribution chain.
What is Products Liability?
Products liability refers to the liability of any party along the chain of manufacture or distribution of any product that causes damage. Product liability claims typically fall into one of the following categories: 1.) failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions concerning the proper use of the product, 2.) defective manufacturer, 3.) or defective design.
The attorneys at Alley, Clark & Greiwe are actively involved in litigation on a number of drug and medical device claims at the present time. A drug or medical device does not need to be recalled to be considered dangerous or unsafe. Our firm has successfully represented thousands of plaintiffs throughout the State of Florida in pharmaceutical and medical device claims involving Vioxx, Bextra, hormone replacement therapy drugs, Guidant and Medtronic heart defibrillator devices, silicone gel breast implants, fen-phen diet drugs, Baycol, various manufacturers of hip and knee implants, ProteGen bladder slings, and transvaginal mesh, just to name a few examples. Our attorneys have an average of over 30 years of experience in litigating product liability claims.
Current Litigation Projects - Unsafe Drugs and Products
What is "MDL" Litigation?
The acronym "MDL" stands for Multi-District Litigation. The United States Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation is a special body within the federal court system that is comprised of seven sitting federal court judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States. The Judicial Panel has the power to transfer similar lawsuits with one or more common issues of fact from multiple districts all over the U.S. to one judge in a single jurisdiction for pretrial purposes. The purpose of this "centralization process" is to avoid duplication of discovery, to prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, and to conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel, and the judiciary.
We are commonly questioned whether MDL is the same as a "class action" settlement. Although MDLs and class actions may have similarities, they are definitely not the same. Unlike a class action lawsuit, in a MDL claim each individual case remains a stand-alone lawsuit. In many instances, individual lawsuits that our firm litigates are transferred to the MDL system if they involve a drug, product, or event that has injured many people in similar ways.
Many diverse types of claims are considered for MDL litigation by the Panel. Product liability cases are often good candidates for MDL because they involve a large number of plaintiffs similarly harmed by a particular product with numerous victims.
Tampa Injury Attorneys
The Tampa personal injury attorneys at Alley, Clark & Greiwe have an average of over 30 years of experience in litigating complex personal injury, products liability, mass torts, and medical malpractice claims. If you or someone you love has been harmed by an unsafe drug or medical product, please contact an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney at Alley, Clark & Greiwe for a free consultation regarding your legal rights. Please visit our Verdicts & Settlements Section for information about some of our previous drug and medical device settlements.