If your thigh bone broke because you took Fosamax, you are likely interested in pursuing a Fosamax femur fracture lawsuit against Merck, the manufacturer of the drug. However, you may be unsure about the next steps. Here are some suggestions to clarify the process:
1. Consult with your physician. It’s possible that you don’t know for sure whether Fosamax caused or contributed to your injury. Your doctor will be able to connect any dots and, more important, put you on an alternative osteoporosis treatment. Remember that your health is your most important priority.
2. Gather any necessary records. A Fosamax femur fracture lawsuit is won on the evidence, so the better the evidence you have the better your case will be. Consequently, after taking care of yourself, you should gather the following documents: medical records to demonstrate the damage Fosamax caused you; insurance (including Medicare) records to document how you paid for your treatment; an itemized list of expenses related to your care (such as receipts for crutches after your leg injury); and employment records documenting any lost wages. This may appear to be a daunting task, but establishing the extent of your injury is critical for calculating the amount of compensation you will receive in so-called “economic” damages.
3. Begin keeping a journal and preserving correspondence. While the records identified above will help your Fosamax femur lawyer (and the court) determine your actual damages, you can create evidence to help the court appreciate your “non-economic” damages, like those for pain and suffering. A diary greatly helps, as do any letters or e-mails you’ve exchanged with people describing the pain you feel.
4. Refrain from contacting Merck or any other drug manufacturer. Obtaining compensation from a drug maker in a Fosamax femur fracture lawsuit is an adversarial process. The same goes for Fosamax settlement negotiations. Anything you communicate to Merck or any other drug developer can be used against you in either of those situations, so it is in your interest to sign no documents nor communicate with Merck in any way before consulting a lawyer.
The final step is to contact a Fosamax femur fracture lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group. Their firm handles defective drug cases against manufacturers all the time because of our commitment to protecting the public and seeking justice for harmed individuals.