Take my own case. My doctor, a good man by all accounts, allowed himself to stray from what he probably realizes now to be "going over the line" by risking my health based entirely upon the false pretense that 3M was telling him the truth about their drug, Aldara. Where ever he is today, I hope he learned from our experience with this drug and never prescribed it again for a patient.
After going through the hospital and ER adventure over and over for months after my use of Aldara, I began to come out from under all the fog and began to understand that you know my medical cost in the future might become astronomical. Then as I proceeded through the phase of trying to negotiate some type of help from 3M and having that fail, I began seeking help from a number of well known research centers around the country. Then when that failed to materialize, I felt as though I had been backed into a corner with no where else to turn but litigation.
Perhaps you are at this point in your own life after Aldara. If so, you will find it an even less friendly environment than the one you have experienced with your doctors and the medical community that try so hard to "cover-up" their mistakes by down-playing your "imaginary allegations of injury" as they see them and, if that doesn't work, then they will try the ol' 3M trick, simply destroy any credibility you may have had then no one will take you seriously.
As for attorney's, they are not as bad nor suspicious as the medical community but they do have the quirks. Some of very hard workers while others are as lazy as a donkey. They come in many "flavors" so to speak. I have personally known scores of attorney's throughout my career and have grown to understand their profession quite well having represented myself in Federal court a couple of times and winning my arguments each time.
Unfortunately though, you may have not had much contact with the legal community, at all, and, if that is the case, it will seem so foreign to you that you can't just show up at an attorneys' office and have him or her be willing to take your case on the face of it all. After all, you have been injured and you know it was by Aldara. What the heck you mean, I can't prove it ? I have all the proof one needs that Aldara did this to me. I am sick as I stand here before you. I was perfectly fine before I went on Aldara. I became sick like this while on Aldara. What more do you need to go after these rotten S.O.B's ?
Well it turns out you need a heck of a lot more than just your own assessment of things to convince any attorney your case has merit or worthiness for filing a lawsuit. Let's go through some of the questions you will be asked by attorney's you interview.
1. What is the doctors' name that prescribed Aldara for you and what was it prescribed for?
2. How did the doctor tell you to use it ? How often ? How much? Did you use it as prescribed?
3. Which pharmacy did you use to fill all your prescriptions and what were the dates on each?
4. When did you first begin to feel the negative effects of the drug ?
5. Did you report these problems to your doctor and if so how many times and when?
6. What did your doctor tell you each time when you reported the problems ?
7. Do you have your medical records prior to your use of Aldara and during your use of Aldara?
8. Do you have medical insurance?
9. What do you do for a living?
10. How much money do you earn?
11. Can you still work at your job?
12. Do you have any pictures that might have been taken of your application site?
13. Have you seen other doctors? If so provide me with a list.
14. Did you keep a diary of events during your use of Aldara?
The list will most certainly grow larger than this but these are the type questions you might want to prepare yourself for because the attorney must figure out as many answers as he or she can before being able to evaluate your case to see if they would be interested in you as a client.
I went through about a dozen law firms before accepting my first firm to take my case. That's right, after the first firm took my case, they sat on it and did very little to move it forward over several months time. I fired that one and oh yes you can fire your attorney for good reason. I found another one and that one turned out to be inexperienced with developing a case such as mine from scratch so he was fired. Then another firm accepted my case but so many red flags were raised right off the bat that we mutually decided he wasn't right for the case either. Then I settled on the last one, the one that actually pushed it through to settlement. So, lot's to consider when looking for that special attorney that will work in your behalf but they are out there, you just have to find them.