Massachusetts Medication Error Lawyers
Medication errors are so common that most hospitals and pharmacies have elaborate systems in place to make sure patients get the right medication in the correct dose. But sometimes these systems fail, or human error intervenes. The wrong medication can have terrible consequences for the patient who receives it. Patients may also suffer serious harm if they don’t receive a necessary medication. And some medications have dangerous side effects or can cause allergic reactions.
Our Massachusetts medication error lawyers represent families throughout New England, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or death as a result of a medication error, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the party responsible for your losses. Contact a Massachusetts medical malpractice attorney of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, at (617) 426-4488 for a free consultation about your case.
Medication Error Statistics
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), medication errors are among the most common health-threatening mistakes that affect patient care. This global problem causes adverse side effects, increases mortality rates, lengths of hospital stay and other related costs.
The NIH has uncovered the following disconcerting statistics about medication errors in our nation’s hospitals and healthcare facilities:
- Preventable medication errors impact more than 7 million patients every year.
- Almost $21 billion is spent annually to account for medication errors.
- About 30 percent of hospitalized patients have at least one discrepancy on discharge medication reconciliation.
- Adverse drug events account for more than 3.5 million physician office visits and 1 million emergency room visits each year.
- Medication errors and adverse drug events are underreported problems.
The pharmaceutical-medical industrial complex is the number-one profiting industry in the United States, selling medication on an enormous scale to millions of Americans and people around the world. Sadly, the increasing use of pharmaceutical drugs has also led to an increased risk of medication errors.
If you or a loved one has suffered health consequences due to the negligence or some other error made by a healthcare provider, you are entitled to compensation for the damages incurred because of the mistake. The legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP isn’t afraid to go up against these giants of industry on your behalf.
Why Choose Crowe & Mulvey, LLP
The entire team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP assists in each client’s case and pride ourselves on client satisfaction. Our dedicated professionals are nationally recognized and are determined that every client receive the compensation and justice that victims of medication error are entitled to.
Our team of medication error lawyers will analyze your case to determine any negligence by health professionals, or identify substandard policies concerning medication on the part of the facility. We will investigate such issues as communication between your healthcare providers, medication review policies, patient education and other factors that may have contributed to the error. We will thoroughly evaluate the details of your case to determine liability. There may have been multiple failures of the staff and facility that led to the mistake. You can rely on our expert professionals to get to the bottom of the problem and hold the parties accountable who are responsible for the mistake.
Crowe & Mulvey, LLP expert attorneys will calculate the damages of your losses due to the error. We will consider all additional medical expenses, extended hospitals stays, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other associated costs, and will work tirelessly to get you every dime that you deserve.
We will communicate and negotiate with any insurance or healthcare representatives on your behalf, and take on the legal burden of holding the industry accountable and seeking compensation, while you focus on your recovery.
The compassionate attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP understand the financial stress and anxiety about your condition. We take the time to listen to your story and will fight tirelessly for you until you are satisfied with your compensation.
Common Medication Errors
Medication errors can occur in a number of different ways, and with a variety of different damaging outcomes. Some of the most unfortunately common medication errors include:
- Confusion of drugs with similar names
- Drug is given to the wrong patient
- Incorrect or missed dose of medication
- Allergic reaction or side effects
- Dangerous interaction between two drugs
Frequently Asked Questions
Medication errors occur far more often than expected. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, easily preventable medication errors impacted more than 7 million patients throughout the United States and cost nearly $21 billion annually in all types of care settings. These alarming statistics show that any time that you are a patient, whether at a doctor’s office or in a hospital, you are exposing yourself to the risk of medication error. Fortunately, there are experienced medication error attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP who know how to help you seek the compensation you need and find the justice you deserve. To help you begin the process of seeking damages, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, including the following:
How and when do medication errors occur?
Medication errors can happen at any time. Errors by physicians may occur during the prescribing, administering, and monitoring of medication. These are just some of the ways that medication errors can occur:
- Physicians may accidentally write a prescription for the wrong medication or may miscalculate the dosage when creating the prescription. Physicians in hospitals may also fail to communicate clearly with those actually administering the medication. Staff members giving the drugs may be confused or inadvertently misled in their understanding of how to administer the medication. Those in charge of monitoring the patient during and after a medication is administered may also err and cause injury to the patient.
- Pharmacists or technicians working in pharmacies may also be responsible for medication errors that occur during transcribing and dispensing. Similar-sounding drug names, miscommunication among staff, or errors in labeling are examples of how medication errors can occur during the dispensing process.
- Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are usually highly skilled and compassionate people who want to help people get better. Fatigue, understaffing, and human error happens, however, and even those with the best intentions can make potentially disastrous mistakes when it comes to medication. According to the CDC, adverse drug reactions (ADEs) lead to 350,000 hospitalizations and more than 1 million emergency room visits each year.
Who is at risk of falling victim to medication errors?
Unfortunately, a medication error can happen to anyone taking medication. According to the CDC, 82% of adult Americans take one or more medications. This means the risk of injury from errors in medication is high for most people. As the American population ages, the number of people on medication will only increase, as will the number of medications each person may be taking.
Certain factors make some segments of the population especially vulnerable to medication errors, including children, the elderly, and those with a poor understanding of English. Miscommunication is at the heart of many medication errors. Sometimes the breakdown in communication occurs between patient and doctor, sometimes it happens between doctor and pharmacist, and still other times between the pharmacist and patient. Patients who cannot easily speak up for themselves or those who struggle with the English language are at a greater risk of being victims of medication error. If you or a loved one has been injured from a medication error, know that you are not alone and that you are not responsible for someone else’s mistake.
Do I need an attorney?
Seeking damages for injuries caused by a medication error is a difficult task to undertake on your own. If you or a loved one has suffered from a medication error, you may face an uphill battle in proving negligence on the part of your medical provider. The medical community has strong systems in place to protect their interests. You will also need to carefully choose the amount of compensation you desire. Asking too little may end up leaving you with outstanding debt from your medical costs, and asking too much may motivate a judge or jury to dismiss your case altogether.
These considerations are examples of how an attorney can help. When you take advantage of the resources and experience of our medical error attorneys, the likelihood of being awarded damages greatly improves, along with your financial and physical health. Recovering from the consequences of a medication error is emotionally and physically tasking. Allow our attorneys to navigate the complex legal system on your behalf. At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we have experienced, compassionate, and aggressive medication error attorneys who know how to make your case as strong as possible.
Why choose Crowe & Mulvey, LLP?
With over 100 years of experience, our attorneys have a dedicated legal and medical team in place to fight for your rights. Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has recovered over $300 million for our clients. Our track record of successes, including the millions recovered in prosecuting medical malpractice, comes from the way our whole team assists in each client’s case. This is one reason we have been ranked among the Best Law Firms by the U.S. News and World Report for the past two years. We are determined that every client is satisfied with the outcome of their case.
Our commitment to our clients has guided us as we have helped clients throughout New England. One such client we helped was the family of a single woman in her thirties who died from a recurrent pulmonary embolism. Her family received a $500,000 settlement for the hospital personnel’s failure to follow a medication order. Another example of a client we helped to receive compensation was the family of a married woman in her fifties who died after she was given too much intravenous fluid and blood products for her kidneys to process. Their family was awarded $1.4 million in damages. These examples demonstrate that we are motivated and equipped with the experience and past successes that will enable us to assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve.
You should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistake alone. Recovering from an injury caused by a medication error can be painful and time-consuming. With the attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP on your side, you can focus on your recovery, start putting your life back together and try to put the pain and suffering you have experienced behind you.
If you or someone you know suffered injury or death as a result of a medication error, you may be able to hold the medical providers liable. Contact a Boston medication error attorney at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, by calling (617) 426-4488 today for a free consultation with an experienced member of our medical-legal team.