In the city of San Luis Obispo, lawsuits for drug injury may include those that resulted in an increased risk of certain cancers. Hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer every year and those cancers often have causes that cannot be determined. In other cases, there are circumstances in which the use of certain prescription and over-the-counter medications have been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers.
In some cases, a medication will be released to the public despite manufacturers knowing that the drug will increase patients’ risk of cancer. In other cases, drug manufacturers fail to notify the public of the possibility of an increased risk of cancer with the taking of the medication. In either circumstance, the manufacturer may be held legally liable for any damages and losses incurred by the patient. Doctors may be held liable if they know about the risk posed by the medication and choose to prescribe that drug to their patients, disregarding the warnings.
When it becomes known that a drug may increase the risk of certain cancers, people who have been prescribed that medication may come forward with a lawsuit in an attempt to hold the manufacturer responsible. These lawsuits often take the form of a class action or multi-district litigation. Any person who has taken a prescription medication that has been shown to lead to an increased risk of certain cancers may be eligible to seek and receive compensation under current state law.