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Learn about DrugGuardians, our mission, and our services with our frequently asked questions. Answers to any questions you may have about our organization or our range of services can be found here.

What is DrugGuardians?

We are a team of researchers, investigators, technology professionals, and journalists dedicated to ensuring that justice is available to everyone, not just those rich enough to have a lawyer on speed dial. We believe that everyone should know their legal rights and how they can exercise them. So, our goal is to ensure that anyone whose rights have been violated or who has been harmed has access to reliable, current, and useful legal information. We connect those who have been harmed by negligent manufacturers and employers with excellent legal representation that help them get justice and compensation. Our team of professionals and our robust network of top attorneys can help take the fear and mystery out of pursuing the compensation you deserve.

How much does it cost to file a claim?

In short, nothing. We want everyone to have solid, reliable legal information and access to attorneys who can help those who have been injured secure compensation, and we want that process to be as easy as it can be. We do not charge any fees whatsoever for our services, and only work with attorneys who take on clients “on contingency.” That means you pay nothing for legal services unless and until you win monetary compensation.

How long does the claims process take?

We will review your claim form and have a specialist contact you immediately or at your convenience to go over any questions you have. We will then connect you with a leading attorney right away.

Once you have filed your claim, it generally takes between 1 to 2 years to go to trial. During that period, settlement negotiations can take place. With mass torts, settlements can take up to a year because there are often thousands of plaintiffs nationwide.

Your attorney will keep you updated on your claim’s progress throughout the court process.

Is DrugGuardians a law firm?

DrugGuardians is not a law firm. We are a team of professionals committed to advocacy on behalf of those who have been harmed by defective products and corporate negligence. We seek to inform and serve as a resource for those who have been injured so they can pursue justice and compensation. DrugGuardians does not provide legal advice, but we do help our clients learn more about their rights and connect them with expert legal representation that can help them recover compensation.

What is a contingency fee?

It is very common for a person to have a legitimate, actionable claim but lack the resources to hire an attorney to file it. Mass tort, class action, and injury attorneys will often solve this problem by taking the case “on contingency.” That means the attorney’s fee is dependent on the outcome of the case. Put simply, it means the lawyer doesn’t get paid until the client wins. The contingency fee is normally a percentage of the settlement or award, deducted from the total compensation only when the client has received payment.

What is a mass tort?

“Tort” is a fancy legal word that sounds more complicated than it is. A tort is an injury or harm that gives rise to a civil liability on the part of the person or entity who caused it. A mass tort is simply a combination of liability cases filed by a large number of individual plaintiffs against one entity into one legal proceeding. For example, a mass tort could consist of thousands of individuals who were harmed by the same faulty drug, medical device, or chemical, but it would be consolidated into one case at one courthouse. Mass tort proceedings were designed to prevent the clogging of the courts by thousands of cases brought by people who have been harmed by the same product. Combining those claims into one overarching lawsuit streamlines the legal process for plaintiffs as well as the courts.

What is the difference between a mass tort and a class action?

A class action lawsuit treats each plaintiff more or less equally, since it is assumed that each was harmed in the same way. A mass tort case, on the other hand, considers each case individually, because each claimant could have been harmed in a different way or to a different degree. In a class action case, each plaintiff is awarded the same settlement, which is usually minimal. Mass tort cases, conversely, can include significant plaintiff settlements.

What is a statute of limitations?

A statute of limitations is a legally fixed period of time during which a plaintiff can make a claim in a civil or criminal case. It dictates that if that time limit has passed, no one can make a claim. This is why it’s important to check your eligibility and file a claim as soon as possible if you believe you have been injured and would like to take legal action.

Will my settlement be taxed?

Personal injury claims are made to seek compensation for losses of time, bodily functions, limbs, quality of life, or mental health. The entire point of the compensation is to make the plaintiff “whole” again after harm has been caused. The IRS does not consider compensation for loss taxable, as it does not lead to profit for the plaintiff.

How will DrugGuardians protect my personal information?

Health matters and legal proceedings require strict privacy protections. DrugGuardians takes the privacy of our clients seriously, and our tech team and specialists are trained experts in client privacy. We are HIPAA-compliant and utilize the top practices in the industry for protecting client records.

What if I have more questions or would like to file a claim?

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help. Our team of friendly specialists can answer any questions you have or help you get started on filing your claim.

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