If you have suffered injury (in the form of severe side effects) as a result of taking a defective medication (such as the acne medication Accutane—or any generic version of that drug), you might be entitled to recover monetary damages from the drug’s manufacturer. You might be able to demand this compensation (by way of a lawsuit, typically) even if you have already stopped taking the drug. It is important for you to understand, however, that any claim you might have can be permanently lost if you fail to make your claim in a timely manner. There are laws—”statutes of limitations”—that govern when you are (and are not) allowed to file a claim.
Statutes of limitations set a period of time following a certain event during which an injured person may take legal action. These laws exist so that injured persons do not wait an unreasonable amount of time to file a claim. (The more time that goes by after injury is suffered, the more difficult it becomes to determine what actually happened and who is responsible.) Statutes of limitations vary from state to state. For a legal claim involving an injury, a victim usually has from one to three years to file a lawsuit against the party believed to have caused the injury.
In general, the time to bring a lawsuit begins to run from the time that an injury occurs. In many cases, it is obvious when an injury occurs: Injuries that result from an automobile collision, for example. Or from a fall on an icy sidewalk. In those instances, the time to sue begins to run from the day of the incident or accident.
When a person is injured by a dangerous drug (such as Accutane), however, it is not so obvious when the injury occurred—and therefore when the victim’s time to sue begins to run. Unlike a situation such as a car accident, in which injuries occurs all at once, defective drugs can cause injuries that develop gradually. It can take some time for you to even realize there is something wrong. Or, if you know that something is wrong, you might not remember when you first realized it.
For this reason, if you’ve taken Accutane (or a generic version) in the past but have since stopped—and you’ve suffered severe side effects at any time since you first started on either drug—you will need to consult a lawyer to determine when your time to sue for money compensation will run out.
The strength of your case does not depend on whether you are currently taking a defective/dangerous drug. Even if you’ve already stopped taking a drug that caused you harm, if the time to sue has not expired, then you are eligible to file a legal claim against the drug’s manufacturer. The lawyers of the Rottenstein Law Group will make demanding compensation for your injuries as painless as possible. We’ve been through this before. You shouldn’t have had to go through it even once. You’ve taken enough. We’ll take it from here.