North Carolina Legal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When you or a loved one is injured in an accident, no one hands you a pamphlet containing all of the information you need to understand your case. In this section we strive to answer the basic questions that everyone has in the time following a car accident, on-the-job injury, medical malpractice, abuse, or other accident.

If you don't find the answers to all of your North Carolina injury questions here, we encourage you to contact our Raleigh injury lawyers for answers to questions specific to your case. The consultation is free and confidential.

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  • Who is at Fault When a Prescription Drug is Given Incorrectly?

    The liability depends on the facts of your case and when the error took place. Your doctor should not write you an incorrect prescription. Your pharmacist also has a responsibility to dispense the proper dosage of your medication, and they must also know the properties and side effects of the medications they sell. Assigning blame can become confusing, if you think you may have a defective drug case or want to speak with an attorney, you can click here or call 877-273-6823. The consultation is free and there is no obligation to call.

  • What is a Defective Drug?

    We trust our doctors and physicians to give us the right medication, and we trust our pharmacists to package it correctly. We also put faith that the manufacturing company of these products provides the public with the proper information in order to keep us safe. However, in certain cases, patients will obtain injuries or illness from a medication due to the manufacturing company, the physician's prescription, or the pharmacist's packaging. This is a defective drug, and if you have experienced an issue with a defective drug, you may be entitled to compensation.

    You can click here to contact Brent Adams and Associates. Brent Adams has been practicing law for over forty years, and he wants to help you if you have been hurt by a defective medication. Call 1-877-273-6823 to schedule a free consultation. There is no obligation to call.

  • What Should I Do if My Doctor Neglected to Tell Me My Medication Was Part of an Experimental Program?

    Your doctor has a responsibility to keep you updated about crucial information regarding your treatment such as side effects of the medication they are prescribing and whether or not you involved in an experimental program. If this information was not given to you, you have the right to file a claim. You must give your permission before a physician can use your information in a study. 


  • What Am I Entitled to for a Defective Drug Case?

    Regardless as to whether or not the drug manufacturing company decides to settle or take the case to court if you win the case, you are entitled to:

    • compensation for your medical expenses 
    • payment for physical and/or psychological therapy
    • compensation for lost wages
    • a reward for pain and suffering

    Your attorney will help you when you decide what course of action you must take regarding your claim.

    If you believe you have a defective drug case, call Brent Adams and Associates by dialing 877-273-6823 or click here. The consultation is free and there is no obligation to call.

  • Do I Have to File Suite Against my Physician or Pharmacist?

    No, filing suit against your physician or pharmacist may be unnecessary. Defective drug claims are typically filed against manufacturing companies. These are the companies that create, market, and distribute the medication, not your doctor or your pharmacist. In some cases, doctors are surprised when they find out the side effects of some medications. When a doctor or pharmacist's error when prescribing or packaging a drug is the root of the patient's injury, this would cause a different type of case.

  • What Responsibility do Drug Manufacturing Companies have to Warning You About Their Medication?

    Drug manufacturers are required to warn you of the side effects their product could cause, and this information is most typically transferred to you by your physician or pharmacist. It is the drug manufacturer's responsibility to make this information known to medical professionals. Any new information obtained about a product's side effects must also be communicated to a physician. Just because a certain reaction to medication might be rare, this does not mean a manufacturing company cannot warn consumers about it.

    Some drugs are given a "black box" warning, which highlights the serious, sometimes fatal, effects drugs could cause patients. The FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System and Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology evaluate the postmarket safety data of medicines and determine which medications be given the "black box" warning. Some "black box" labels are given at the time the drug is approved.

    A study found that 40% of patients in the U.S. were prescribed one "black box" medication within a 30-month period. Pharmacists should be cautious and warn patients about "black box" labeled medications. Physicians should also be aware of those side effects.

  • What are the Most Dangerous Drugs on the Market?

    The most widely known medicines that have fallen subject to litigation or are currently under litigation due to defective drug claims are:

    • Abilify

    • Accutane

    • Actos

    • Avandia

    • Benicar

    • Byetta

    • Crestor

    • Cymbalta

    • Depakote

    • Effexor

    • Farxiga

    • Fluoroquinolone antibiotics

    • Fosamax

    • Granuflo

    • Invokana

    • Januvia

    • L-Citrulline

    • Lexapro

    • Lipitor

    • Mirena

    • NaturaLyte

    • Nesina

    • Onglyza

    • Paxil

    • Pradaxa

    • Propecia

    • Prozac

    • Reglan

    • Risperdal

    • Symbyax

    • Testosterone therapy drugs

    • Topamax

    • Tradjenta

    • Tylenol

    • Viagra

    • Victoza

    • Vioxx

    • Xarelto

    • Xolair

    • Yaz and Yasmin

    • Zithromax

    • Zofran

    • Zoloft

    If you have obtained an injury or experienced adverse effects from taking any of these medications, you may have a defective drug case. You can contact Brent Adams and Associates by clicking here to schedule a free obligation or by calling 877-273-6823. There is no obligation to call.

  • What is the statute of limitations for a defective drug case?

    North Carolina law allows people who were affected by defective drugs to file suit up to three years from the date of the injury and up to two years after a wrongful death. Another legal deadline to be aware of is referred to as "the statute of repose," which requires that a defective medication product claim is made within 12 years of its initial sale. This statute of limitations is limited to six years if the claim involves real estate.

    Certain exceptions may affect these statutes, so if you have any questions, contact Brent Adams and Associates by clicking here or by calling our toll free number, 877-273-6823. We want to make sure you are protected. The consultation is free, and there is no obligation to call.