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Quetiapine, or Seroquel, is a prescription drug used for the treatment of schizophrenia and acute manic disorders that occur with bipolar disorder.
What Are the Side Effects of Quetiapine?
Side effects linked to Quetiapine include:
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Birth defects
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
What Are Quetiapine Lawsuits?
Quetiapine lawsuits are claims filed against the maker of drug, AstraZeneca, for manufacturing a defective product that caused harm to the plaintiff.
What Is a Defective Product?
A defective product is any product causing an injury to an individual because of a design defect, manufacturing defect, or faulty labeling. Defective products are generally litigated as “product liability.”
What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Defective Product Lawsuit?
For a plaintiff to be successful in a defective product lawsuit, they need to prove:
- The medication had an unreasonably dangerous defect
- The unreasonably dangerous defect caused the plaintiff injury while they used it as intended
- The plaintiff did not substantially alter the medication or mix it with substances that it should not have been mixed with
Is a Defective Product Lawsuit the Same as a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
No. Defective product lawsuits assert that there is wrong with the medication. Medical malpractice involves negligence on a medical professional’s part. For example, a doctor would be guilty of medical malpractice if they prescribed Quetiapine to a patient who did not need it and that patient developed neuroleptic malignant syndrome as a result.
Should I Join a Class Action Lawsuit or Sue the Manufacturer on My Own?
A plaintiff will have to discuss whether to become part of a class action lawsuit with a personal injury attorney. A class action lawsuit occurs when one or two plaintiffs injured by the product sues on behalf of everyone who suffered the same injury.
Will I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with a Quetiapine Lawsuit?
Yes. Quetiapine lawsuits are complicated because the plaintiff must prove a lot in order to win the case. Contact a personal injury lawyer to determine how to proceed with your claim.
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Last Modified: 09-09-2015 11:42 AM PDT
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