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:

  • Hyperglycemia
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Diabetes
  • 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.