Miami Medication Errors Attorneys
Helping Victims of Medication Errors Throughout the State of Florida
Every year, over one million Americans suffer from adverse reactions or complications from medication errors, and between seven and nine thousand die because of these errors. Unfortunately, medication mistakes are made throughout the medication-use system: when a drug is prescribed, when information is entered into a computer system, when the drug is being prepared or dispensed, or when the drug is given to or taken by a patient. Regardless of when or how it occurs, the sad reality is that a medication error can result in serious injuries and even death.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured because of a medication error, the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Boyers Law Group can help you hold the parties responsible for the harm accountable and obtain the compensation you deserve for healthcare expenses, pain, suffering and all other damages recoverable under Florida law. We provide powerful representation to individuals who have suffered because of preventable medication errors and are committed to helping you get the answers, compensation and justice you deserve.
Causes of Medication Errors
Medication errors are preventable events that can lead to patient harm. They can occur in a variety of settings in a variety of ways, but they all involve a healthcare professional, patient or consumer making a mistake during the preparation, administration or monitoring of medications.
As Miami medication error attorneys, we understand these medication mistakes take many forms, including:
- Doctors can prescribe the wrong medication entirely or prescribe an improper dosage or give an overdose of the correct medication.
- Nurses in a hospital may give the wrong medication, despite a correct order by the doctor, or give the wrong dosage of a medication (Note: one reason patients get wrong meds in hospital is that different meds may go in similar looking IV bags – a dangerous practice).
- Pharmacies can wrongly fill, misfill or improperly fill a prescription so as to give either the wrong medication or dosage.
- Doctors, nurses or pharmacies can give patients the wrong (“contraindicated”) combination of medications, causing a dangerous interaction of medications.
- Doctors may keep patients on a medication that is toxic to the liver or kidneys for too long and allow medications to cause damage to the liver or kidneys.
- Doctors or nurses can give a patient medication to which they are allergic – a mistake that can often be fatal.
These medication errors can occur for different reasons, but studies have shown that close to 75% of all medication errors occur because healthcare providers are distracted. Physicians, nurses and other providers have many responsibilities, and they often have to work very quickly and multi-task. When rushed or distracted, they make mistakes, like the rest of us. Unfortunately, their mistakes can have very serious, life-threatening consequences.
Serious Harmful Consequences of Medication Errors
Whether a medication error involves giving the wrong medication or incorrect dosage, poor monitoring or documentation, or failure to follow established protocol, serious injuries can and do occur. Patients can face life-threatening, even fatal injuries, disabilities, or birth defects.
Victims of medication errors may experience physical and psychological pain and suffering and incur huge medical expenses. Family members may also suffer financially from decreased income and emotionally from loss of companionship.
Substantial Financial Compensation for Victims of Medication Errors
A financial award or settlement can never truly compensate a victim for the physical and emotional suffering caused by a medication error injury, nor can it compensate a family for the loss of a loved one. However, a medical malpractice lawsuit can enable you to hold the person or persons responsible for the error accountable for their mistake. It could also enable you to obtain substantial compensation for your suffering and impaired quality of life as well as funds that are needed to pay for medical expenses and lost income, among other damages to which you are entitled under Florida law.
Rely on Experienced Miami Medication Error Attorneys
Effectively handling medication error cases in order to obtain a fair damage recovery demands stellar legal representation by medical malpractice attorneys with the experience and expertise that such cases require. The trial lawyers at Boyers Law Group have successfully represented many victims of medication and other medical errors and have the experience, skill and resources you need to obtain the life-changing compensation you deserve.
For a free consultation with an experienced Miami Medication Error Attorney, call us today at 800.545.9100 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website. We’re available to talk with you at a time convenient to you.
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