Dangerous Drugs

San Jose Drug Injury Attorneys

Our Nationally-Recognized Legal Team Holds Drug Manufacturers Accountable

Every month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls at least one drug from the market. From October 5, 2017 to October 26, 2019, over 200 products were taken off the market due to contamination, adverse events, and other defects.

While an FDA recall protects future patients from harm, it does not account for people who have already been affected. That’s where we come in!

Our San Jose drug injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP have been fighting for victims’ rights since 1992 and have over 85 years of collective experience. Discuss your dangerous drug case with us today at (800) 900-0863.

When Is a Drug Considered Dangerous?

Usually, the benefits of whatever drug you are prescribed or sold outweigh the drawbacks. For example, Advil (ibuprofen) might temporarily upset your stomach or have other side effects, but it can reduce your fever and relieve your pain. While any drug can become dangerous if used improperly, some drugs are risky from their inception.

When the consequences of a drug outweigh its positive effects and cause lasting physical damage to the patients who use them, they are considered dangerous. Opioid painkillers, for instance, are extremely addictive and serve as a gateway to illegal drugs like heroin.

A drug can also harm you if it is compromised during production, or if a manufacturer fails to warn you and your doctor about potential risks.

Types of Dangerous Drug Lawsuits

When holding manufacturers responsible, you and your legal team can use a few different approaches:

If the labeling on the medication did not provide appropriate instructions or disclose potential risks, you can hold the manufacturer responsible for failure to warn.

For example, the manufacturer of Risperdal allowed providers to prescribe the drug for all kinds of mental disorders through mislabeling. The drug was used to treat children for aggression and other behavioral issues, even though it was initially approved to treat schizophrenia in adults. As a result, many young boys developed breasts as part of an undisclosed side effect called gynecomastia.

When the side effects of a drug outweigh its potential benefits and harm the user, the drug is considered to have a defective design.

Opioid manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson have been held liable using this argument.

If a drug is contaminated while it is being made and harms the user as a result, the drug’s makers can be held responsible for drug manufacturing defects.

No matter how a drug harmed you, our attorneys can help you develop a case for damages to cover the costs of:

  • Medical expenses,
  • Rehabilitation and recovery,
  • Lost wages,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • And much more.

Recruit a Team You Can Count On

Fighting for your rights as a consumer can be a long and difficult process, but you don’t have to do it alone. With our experience in product liability, you can rest assured we will do everything in our power to help you obtain favorable case results.

Our national recognition from Super Lawyers and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® proves that we will take your fight as far as it needs to go. Our clients recommend us because we are dedicated to helping them get better.

Find out what we can do for you during a 100% free initial consultation. Schedule yours today with our dangerous drug attorneys in San Jose, CA by calling us at (800) 900-0863.


Millions Recovered for Our Clients
  • Wrongful Death Skydiving Accident $40,030,000

    Attorney Paul Van Der Walde recovered a total of $40,030,000 in compensation for a couple bereft of their 18-year-old son in a tandem skydiving accident.

  • School Bus vs. Pedestrian Accident $8,825,000

    School bus vs. pedestrian accident resulting in traumatic brain injury.

  • Train Maintenance Vehicle vs. Auto $7,411,492

    Caputo & Van Der Walde received a jury verdict in the amount of $7,411,492 for a surviving widow, who lost her husband when his pickup truck was involved in a collision with an on-track maintenance of way vehicle.

  • 3rd-Degree Burns During a Pedicure $7,291,986

    Paul Caputo received a $7,291,985.58 decision for Plaintiff in a case where a client received severe 3rd-degree burns during a pedicure, resulting in the need for numerous skin grafting procedures.

  • Paraplegia from Defective Seat $5,650,000

    Product liability case involving a defective seat design that resulted in paraplegia.

  • Pick-up Truck vs. Pedestrian Accident $4,250,000

    Pedestrian crossing a four-lane street in the crosswalk, hit by a full-size pick-up truck. Injuries included a left knee dislocation with complete tears of all ligaments and requiring surgery, right scaphoid fracture requiring surgery, right shoulder AC joint separation with clavicle fracture and PTSD.

  • Auto vs. Bicycle Accident $4,000,000

    Bicycle rider attempted to maneuver to his left, around a recessed manhole in the bike lane, and was struck by a vehicle that was driving too closely to the bike lane. Significant injuries included traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, and permanent brain damage.

  • Big Rig vs. Auto Accident $3,000,000

    Big rig vs. auto accident resulting in wrongful death.

  • Physical Abuse $3,000,000

    Child protective services failed to adequately protect young child from physically abusive foster parents.

  • Injury Onboard a SCTVA Bus $3,000,000

    Injury onboard a SCTVA bus resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Client Testimonials

Highly Rated & Reviewed
  • “I am happy with the outcome and highly recommend Caputo and Van Der Walde to anyone seeking an injury lawyer.”

    - Karen B
  • “Our lawyer and his entire staff were extremely approachable and effective in getting a very good settlement from my own insurance company's under-insured motorist coverage. Our lawyer guided my husband and me through the process.”

    - Chris G.
  • “Paul has a great understanding of people's rights and drives to obtain all that is due to you. He listens and answers questions that anyone could understand without legalize. I contacted him through the recommendation of a friend.”

    - Gary G.


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  • Included in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Perfect 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo
  • You Do Not Pay Unless We Win Your Case
  • All Initial Case Reviews Are Free of Charge
  • Legal Services Available in Spanish
  • Tens of Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • Over 85 Years of Combined Legal Experience


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