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Drug Fatalities Lead in U. S. Accidental Deaths

By Pacific Attorney Group  Jan. 25, 2012 5:26p

Drug deaths from both narcotics and prescription drugs have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. For the first time since the federal government began recording drug deaths in 1979, these types of death now outnumber automobile accidents. Drugs caused the deaths of more than 37,000 individuals across the country in 2009. Two of the biggest contributors to this trend come from pain medications and anti-anxiety prescription drugs. Such prescription drugs now account for more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.

Many prescription drugs involve serious side effects, which those who are prescribed them need to understand but often don't. In many cases, these drugs are rushed to the market without adequate clinical testing, resulting in tragic results before they can be recalled by the FDA. Well-known cases of defective or dangerous drugs include the arthritis drug Celebrex, the painkiller Vioxx, and the diet drug Phen-Fen. The FDA estimated that more than 27,000 heart attacks and deaths of patients were associated with Vioxx before it was removed from the market. All of these drugs have resulted in lawsuits for damages from individuals who used them to the serious detriment of their health.

A Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered serious health consequences due to taking a prescribed medicine as intended, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit. You can meet with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at the Pacific Attorney Group to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. Get the competent legal advice you need, learn what your legal options are, and pursue your claim through the courts for the damages you have incurred through using a defective drug.

The firm has more than 35 years of combined legal experience to put at your disposal as well as all of the necessary resources needed to conduct a full investigation and mount your case against even a large pharmaceutical company. When you have suffered unnecessary health damage due to a defective drug, you should not hesitate to take legal action that will compensate you for your losses. That is the service the firm provides and is committed to in the Los Angeles area.

Contact a Los Angeles drug injury attorney at the firm for experienced legal help today.

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