Defective Pharmaceuticals

Drug manufacturers do not have the right to take advantage of you and destroy your health. Williams Hart Lawyers are prepared to take these corporations to trial. We will fight on your behalf for the maximum compensation you deserve.


Pharmaceutical litigation is an area of law that deals with dangerous or wrongly prescribed medicine, health products, or devices. Drug companies have an obligation to keep consumers safe from harm. As such, they should adequately warn consumers of any inherent dangers in their products. However, thousands of Americans suffer illnesses or injuries due to the negligence of these companies every year. This is due to their inadequate testing, improper marketing, or needlessly prescribed by a doctor. Therefore, it ultimately leads to devastating effects. Thus, it is necessary and important to expose drug companies when they knowingly put consumers in danger.

When you use a medicine or wellness product for its intended purpose. You should have to worry about if it will cause harm to you or your family. Unfortunately, harmful drug and medical products frequently cause injury to unsuspecting consumers. The effects of these injuries seriously impact their lives. Thus, a pharmaceutical litigation becomes the only way you can receive the justice and financial support you need.


On May 27, 2015, a St. Louis jury added $23 million in punitive damages to A 12-year-old girl. This was in addition to the $15 million they earlier awarded to her. The reason for this award was the finding that Abbott Labs didn’t do enough to warn doctors about birth defect risks. The case is Schmidt v. Abbott, CA No. 1222-CC-0247901, Missouri Circuit Court (St. Louis).

According to court documents, after the plaintiff’s mother took the anti-seizure drug Depakote during pregnancy. The plaintiff was born with spina bifida. Spina bifida is a condition where the spinal column doesn’t close all the way when the baby is in the womb. Spina bifida may be minimal symptoms or minor physical disabilities. But severe spina bifida can lead to significant physical disabilities.

John Boundas, a partner in Williams Hart, effectively convinced the jury that “Abbott underplayed the risk of birth defects. Abbott made it appear that Depakote had about the same level as other anti-epileptic drugs available at the time. The truth was it was the most dangerous drug available.” According to court documents, Abbott should have told doctors to try all other drugs before Depakote to patients who were women of child-bearing age.

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2010 tying Depakote to increased risks of six different birth defects, including spina bifida. To learn more about the study click HERE.
We successfully won just compensation for families with children who suffered serious injuries caused by Depakote. This ensured families would have money to afford the expensive medical care in their children’s future. Together we hold companies accountable for the harm done.

This is why we love what we do. Not every firm has the team and the resources to see these cases through. We believe people deserve justice, and we live for moments like this when our hard work pays off.
-Sejal ​Brahmbhatt


Elmiron is a medication prescribed to treat ​Osteoarthritis and Interstitial Cystitis (painful bladder syndrome). Elmiron has been found to cause extreme and permanent side effects, including blindness. People who have taken Elmiron should be aware of the risk of developing Pigmentary Maculopathy. The symptoms of this disorder are: ​a change of eye color, blurred vision, difficulty reading, poor light to dark adaption, dark spots in vision, straight lines appear curved, muted, less vivid colors. If you have any of these symptoms after taking this medication, give us a call. We are working hard to help victims of Elmiron.


Valsartan is a commonly prescribed blood pressure medication. It is important that users of Valsartan know that there are recalls of this drug. This recall is due to the contamination of n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a known animal carcinogen and a probable human carcinogen. NDMA has been linked to an increased risk of liver, colon, rectal, stomach, pancreatic, and kidney cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking Valsartan, the attorneys at Williams Hart will fight for you.


Talcum powder is a substance commonly used in cosmetic and sanitary products. It is effective in absorbing sweat and reducing body odor. However, prolonged use increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer. You should note that Ovarian cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women. Thus, the potential dangers posed by the use of talcum powder are of high importance. If you used a cosmetic or commercial talcum powder product and later developed ovarian cancer. You may be eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit. If these or other situations pertain to you; contact our experienced legal team at Williams Hart law firm. We are currently researching claims related to ovarian cancer and its link to talcum powder.