If you receive a prescription medication that has been incorrectly filled or improperly prepared, the result can be tragic. Medication errors are among the most common, yet preventable medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year. The additional expense for treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone are in the billions of dollars annually. The number of wrongful death due to medication errors is predicted to increase as the pressure on pharmacists to do more in less time increases.
There is a general shortage of pharmacists, and an increasing consumer demand. In addition, mail-order and chain store pharmacies require pharmacists to do much more than just fill prescriptions. According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, about 1.3 million people each year are injured by medication errors. In a study by the FDA that evaluated reports of fatal medication errors, the most common error involving medications was related to administration of an improper dose of medicine, accounting for 41% of fatal medication errors. Giving the wrong drug and using the wrong route of administration each accounted for 16% of the errors. Almost half of the fatal medication errors occurred in people over the age of 60. Older people may be at greatest risk for medication errors because they often take multiple prescription medications.
We understand that your immediate goals after dealing with a tragedy related to medication errors. Our experienced legal team will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
If you or someone you know has suffered a tragedy due to medication errors, Personal Injury Attorneys in Davie/Cooper City protect and defend your rights. Call us now for a free consultation. We are fully bilingual and will meet you at your home, hospital, or our office. We can even meet with you on weekends or evenings. Attorney Diana Castrillon of Cecere, Santana, P.A. will fight diligently to protect your rights so that your only focus is on getting better.
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