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Pfizer’s drug Neurontin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for controlling seizures associated with epilepsy and managing postherpetic neuralgia following an outbreak of shingles. But the pharmaceutical company illegally marketed the drug for uses the FDA did not approve and it became the company’s top selling drug.
If you think you suffered harm from taking neurontin for any of the unapproved uses — including bipolar disorder, neuropathy, attention deficit disorder (ADD), restless leg syndrome, migraines, neuralgia, and drug and alcohol withdrawal seizures — you may have a legal case to recover monetary damages.
Should I Hire a Neurontin Attorney?
You should at least consult with an attorney who is experienced handling Neurontin cases. That consultation, which most attorneys provide at no cost, will tell you if you have a viable claim and if your damages are significant enough to justify taking legal action. Damages can include emotional suffering caused by thoughts of suicide, which Neurontin can cause.
If you do have a case, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney and file a civil lawsuit. Many attorneys will work on a contingency basis, meaning they will be paid a percentage of the monetary damages you are awarded, if any.
It is important that you take legal action quickly because you have a limited amount of time to begin your lawsuit under the statute of limitations.
What Can a Neurontin Attorney Do?
Your attorney will tell you how much time you have to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations prevents you from suing. Generally, that is determined from the time you knew you were victimized.
In building your case, with your help, your attorney will:
- Investigate the circumstances resulting in your taking Neurontin;
- Use your medical records to document the harm Neurontin caused;
- Use your expense records to determine the amount of money you need to recover;
- Determine a price on other damages, such as mental suffering.
Your attorney will write your complaint and file it with the court clerk. As your case progresses, your attorney will develop evidence, take depositions under oath from witnesses, make certain motions, respond to motions filed by the opposition, and defend against the opposition trying to keep certain evidence from being introduced at trial.
Statistics show that about 95 percent of cases are settled between the parties instead of going to trial. Your attorney will aggressively negotiate with the opposition to settle your case for a specific amount of money. It will be your choice to accept the settlement, renegotiate for more money, or take the case to trial and let the jury determine your damages.