Court dockets indicate that Crestor lawsuits are escalating nationwide, as more statin patients are seeking damages for their injuries. The Sanders Firm advocates on behalf of those who have suffered harm from the very medication that was intended to improve their health.
If you have taken Crestor and suffered adverse effects, it is essential that you speak to a product liability lawyer who can advise you of your rights.
Formulated by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals as an anti-cholesterol statin drug, Crestor (rosuvastatin) was intended lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol while simultaneously increasing levels of “good” HDL cholesterol in patients.
Though it received FDA approval in 2003 for individuals with high cholesterol as well as those with coronary disease, diabetes and other heart attack risk factors, Crestor is now the topic of heated litigation, as reports of serious side effects and injuries emerge.
Individuals who have taken Crestor in good faith only to experience substantial harm can benefit greatly from a product liability lawyer who understands how to confront negligent drug manufacturers and win. The Sanders Firm has spent more than 46 years fighting for injured individuals across the nation and securing the compensation they deserve.
Crestor health risks
As the second most popular pharmaceutical product in its class, Crestor is a widely-used HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor used to retard the production and eliminate buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. Though it is true that many patients have experienced benefits from their use of the medication, since its introduction it has been the subject of multiple FDA warnings and alerts, and has been linked by researchers to a series of disturbing side effects.
The FDA has warned that Crestor and other statins may lead to:
- Kidney damage and kidney failure requiring surgical intervention and/or long-term dialysis
- Rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal condition causing muscle breakdown, pain and weakness
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Cardiomyopathy that can result in arrythmia, blood clots and heart attack risk
- Liver damage
Given the serious risk of severe, life-threatening side effects, Crestor users need to exercise great caution concerning continued use of the drug. If you have already suffered harm as a result of statin use, legal recourse may be available. To ensure that you stand the best chance of obtaining the most favorable outcome possible, it’s important to align yourself with a law firm that boasts a long track record of winning dangerous drug litigation. At The Sanders Firm, we understand the extensive evidentiary hurdles posed by product liability cases, and we have the resources, expertise and history of success to approach your case with confidence.
Crestor’s checkered history with the FDA lends credence to the growing allegations that the drug does indeed pose an unacceptable level of risk and has been the cause of serious injury to many. Even it its earliest days, the drug’s approval by the agency was delayed due to emerging concerns about kidney damage and muscle weakness linked to use of the medication. In 2004, consumer watchdog group Public Citizen sought the drug’s removal from the market altogether, citing the severity of its side effects and insufficiency of the approval process.
June, 2004 saw the FDA’s issuance of a Public Health Advisory warning of Crestor’s propensity for causing muscle myopathy, and in 2005, the agency warned of rhabdomyolysis risks. Ultimately, in 2012, the FDA instituted changes to statin labeling, alerting patients and physicians to the heightened danger of increased blood sugar and onset of type 2 diabetes linked to Crestor use.
Crestor heart attack risk and other side effects
The increased awareness of the side effects of statin drugs such as Crestor has yielded an increasing number of lawsuits across the United States. Most cases are based on a theory of products liability and seek compensation for the personal injuries suffered by users of the drugs. Crestor lawsuits frequently include claims that the statin is responsible for an unreasonable level of risk to users and that the manufacturer, prescribing physician or possibly even a pharmacist failed to communicate sufficient warnings of the potential for injury presented.
Our attorneys possess vast experience litigating dangerous drug cases and will establish:
- The existence of your injury
- The fact that the drug itself was unreasonably dangerous and that you were not adequately warned
- Use of the statin directly caused the injuries you sustained
Prevailing in products liability cases of this type can be a complex proposition. You need a team of lawyers who have devoted their careers to protecting the rights of injury victims and securing the compensation necessary for them to recover. By choosing The Sanders Firm to pursue your claim, you can take advantage of our skilled trial attorneys, medical experts, investigators and support staff. Our network of seasoned professionals and decades of combined experience are what sets us apart from the competition.
Finding the right Crestor attorneys
There are few things more unsettling than being given a drug that is intended to provide substantial health benefits, only to discover that it actually caused devastating harm. The breach of trust that occurs in such situations is something that can be extremely difficult to overcome. If you have taken Crestor to lower your cholesterol but have in fact suffered severe side effects and injuries as a result, you owe it to yourself to assert your rights and seek full financial compensation.
Thanks to our many decades of experience pursuing product liability actions across the United States, our clients have received substantial damage awards and settlements, including payment for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of enjoyment
- Burial costs
We invite you to schedule a free initial consultation so that we can assess the facts of your case and identify the most appropriate steps for attaining the compensation you deserve. Call The Sanders Firm at 1-800-FAIR-PLAY to learn more about your eligibility for legal action.
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