Regulation of the healthcare system isn’t perfect. Studies may show a link between a drug and a side effect, but the risk won’t appear on the label without direct causation. Manufacturers pay doctors “consulting” fees to overprescribe brand-name drugs, and frequent advertising encourages people to put in requests for medications they may not need.
The medical industry, meant to provide the public service of health care, is a for-profit endeavor. Drug companies constantly try to expand the approved uses of their products and engage in illegal off-label marketing. Pharmaceutical companies prioritize profits, and it’s the consumer who gets hurt in the process.
People who suffer from medical side effects often pay a high price. Constant trips to the pharmacy, visits to specialists, repeated misdiagnoses, revision surgeries, and unexpected hospitalizations add up. And that doesn’t include money spent on treatments that caused initial injury.
The nature of the health care industry has allowed medical injuries to become increasingly common, and most people don’t realize that they’re able to be compensated for harm that’s been done. In some cases, people are aware of consumer advocacy lawsuits, but feel a sense of distrust when it comes to accepting legal support.