Defective Drugs & Medical Devices

Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed in consumer product-related incidents. The costs associated with these incidents are estimated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to total approximately $700 billion every year. At Morelli Alters Ratner Law Firm, we are passionate about protecting the rights of consumers and fighting for the financial compensation that injury victims and their families deserve.

Protecting the Victims of Dangerous Medications

A high percentage of product liability incidents involve defective prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Just because a drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not necessarily mean that it is completely safe for use. According to data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 350,000 individuals in the United States died because of adverse drug reactions or interactions in 2006 alone.

Whether through insufficient warnings or a fault in the product itself, defective drugs can be dangerous or even fatal. Drug manufacturers, distributors, medical professionals, and pharmacists are responsible for protecting patients from the serious repercussions of unsafe medications. This is particularly true if the individual is on several different medications that could interact in a negative way when combined.

For instance, in 2009 our founding partner, Benedict Morelli, won the largest vaccine verdict in U.S. history – a $22.5 million award for a man who contracted polio 30 years earlier when changing his daughter's diaper after she had been given a live oral polio vaccine.

Mr. Morelli and Mr. Ratner have also been involved in numerous large-scale pharmaceutical litigations (now commonly referred to as 'mass torts') against the manufacturers of defective drugs such as Vioxx, Chantix and Avandia. Mr. Morelli was co-counsel in the first Vioxx trial, which resulted in a $253,000,000.00 verdict for the plaintiff. He also serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees in the Avandia litigation.

Mr. Ratner currently serves on the plaintiffs' steering committee and trial committee in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy litigation, was appointed lead trial counsel by the plaintiffs' steering committee in the Renu with Moisture Loc litigation, and formerly served on the plaintiffs' steering committee in the Bextra/Celebrex New York State consolidated litigation.

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