ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. The condition can make it difficult for an individual to concentrate and learn. The condition can affect both children and adults. Adult ADHD symptoms include difficulty concentrating, inattentiveness, and restlessness.
ADHD medications are sometimes used to help treat symptoms associated with restlessness, inattention, and impulsivity. They often increase focus and productivity.
What are the Common Side Effects Related to ADHD Medication?
Some of the ADHD medications are known to cause side effects such as:
- Sleep problems
- Little to no appetite
- Stomach pain
In addition to the well-known side effects, ADHD medications can also lead to more serious medical conditions and incidents, such as:
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular problems
- Sudden death
Can I Sue If My ADHD Medication Injures Me?
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to sue if an ADHD medication causes you injury. A lawsuit can often be brought under different legal theories, including medication error or defective product claims.
A medication error is defined as administering or prescribing the wrong medication for a patient’s condition. A medication error is usually made by pharmacists, nurses, or doctors. It can also include errors in dosage, instructions, and other elements.
In 2007, the FDA required all companies making ADHD drugs to warn patients of any possible psychiatric and heart problems. Drug makers are also required to inform patients of any actual and/ or increased risk of developing health problems associated with taking prescription medication.
If a drug maker fails to inform patients about side effects or other problems, they can be sued if the product is deemed defective.
What is a Defective Product?
A defective product is considered any type of product that causes harm to an individual. The harm caused fits into three separate categories:
- Failure to Warn: For instance, if the manufacturer failed to provide the proper information on the warning labels
- Design Defect: An example is where the product is designed using inferior or dangerous chemical substances
- Manufacturing Defect: This is where the design of the drug is satisfactory, but there was an error during production (such as manufacturing a batch that has too much of one substance in it)
A plaintiff wanting to win a defective product case must prove:
- The product had a dangerous, unreasonable defect;
- The defect caused the plaintiff’s injury while they used it in the way intend by the manufacturer; and
- The product has not been altered substantially from the way it was originally sold.
Do I Need to Contact a Lawyer?
Dangerous ADHD medications can cause unforeseen medical problems and expensive medical bills. If you have been injured by your ADHD medication, then contact a local personal injury lawyer about your right to recover for your injuries.