Massachusetts Pharmaceutical Errors Attorneys
Our Massachusetts pharmaceutical errors lawyers realize that many Americans rely on pharmaceutical medications to preserve their health and well-being. From those who have medical conditions, which require them to remain on a long-term pharmaceutical regimen to those who only need them to cure minor health problems, pharmaceuticals are an essential product for a great number of people. However, if made improperly, labeled incorrectly, or issued improperly, the use of pharmaceuticals can pose significant, even life-threatening, dangers to patients.
If you or someone you know has suffered as the result of a pharmaceutical error, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the consequences you’ve had to face.
Contact the Massachusetts pharmaceutical error lawyers of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP today at (617) 404-3417 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your case and learn more about your legal rights and options in this situation.
Why Choose Crowe & Mulvey, LLP?
Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has more than 100 years of experience helping people like you fight the medical system for preventable losses. In total, Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has recovered $300 million for our clients.
In order to bring a medical malpractice claim against a pharmaceutical company, you must prove their negligence. However, proving negligence is not an easy task to undertake, and our lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can help you through the complicated process of recovering damages for a pharmaceutical error.
Pharmaceutical injuries can be difficult to identify because damages may result from more than one source. Our lawyers will investigate the incident and search for all liable parties to hold accountable. We use medical experts to help us determine if you were provided with adequate care. Our lawyers also make sure to preserve evidence such as medical records to make your case stronger.
If you or someone you know has been harmed or killed by pharmaceutical or prescription drug errors, contact Crowe & Mulvey, LLP today. Our medical-legal staff is seasoned in medical malpractice claims and knows how to identify and prove a pharmaceutical error injury.
Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has been named Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for years on end. Our team of professionals knows how to get the results that our clients want to see and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
It is heartbreaking to know that individuals face life-threatening injuries from medical professionals they trust. Call us today at (617) 404-3417. You won’t have to pay us anything unless we win your case.
Pharmaceutical Error Practice Areas
Pharmaceutical errors can occur in a variety of different ways, with accountability possibly lying with several different parties. The experienced attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, know what it takes to represent clients in a wide range of pharmaceutical error cases, including those involving:
- Drug Side Effects
- Incorrect Labeling
- Incorrect Dosage
- Prescription Error
- Drug Complications
These and other types of pharmaceutical errors cannot and should not be tolerated. Thus, when a medical professional is responsible for causing a person’s pain and suffering because of these pharmaceutical issues, they should be held financially accountable.
How Do Pharmaceutical Errors Happen?
Pharmaceutical errors are usually preventable and they can lead to a medical malpractice claim. A pharmaceutical error can take place at any point between the time the doctor chooses the medication and the time when the medication is dispensed to the patient. While errors usually occur by the doctor or the nurse, pharmacists make critical mistakes too. The most common fatality associated with pharmaceutical errors is administering incorrect doses of medicine.
When a medical professional makes an error in prescribing medication, serious complications can arise. Medication errors harm an estimated 1.5 million people every year, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Elderly patients are more likely to suffer from a medication error, and one in 30 elderly hospital admissions is because of an injury due to medication. While some injuries are not preventable, including adverse drug reactions such as allergies, other reactions are preventable.
Another reason that pharmaceutical errors occur is because of illegible writing. When physicians are in a rush and quickly writing prescription orders that are not legible, this can lead to problems when the pharmacist receives the prescription. Oftentimes, the pharmacist is not able to read the writing, so they make their best guess. If it’s an emergency, and the patient needs the medication, this can cause a huge risk for the patient.
In this case, the pharmacist should have called the physician to make sure the order was correct. However, when pharmacists are hurried, they do not always take the mandatory precautions. When pharmacists make these critical errors, your life can be in serious danger and for no fault of your own.
Pharmacists can also make mistakes when the indication for the drug is not specified. Unfortunately, most prescriptions don’t include the diagnosis, which can increase the potential for complications.
By omitting this information, the pharmacist can have a harder time giving the patient detailed information regarding their medication use. Some medications have many uses, so when the pharmacist doesn’t have diagnostic information, they can give patients incorrect usage information, which can be detrimental to the patient’s health.
When a drug is dispensed, it is up to the pharmacist to check for drug interactions with other drugs and allergies. The pharmacist must then release the correct quantity of the medication in the correct form to the patient.
If the pharmacist does not check for drug interactions or allergies, the patient can be at serious risk. It is up to the pharmacist to keep the patient safe and not cut any corners during the dispensing process. The pharmacist must review prescriptions and make sure no errors are made.
Recovering Compensation for a Pharmaceutical Mistake
For you to recover damages from a pharmaceutical error, you must prove that the pharmacist’s mistake was preventable. The pharmaceutical error also must cause an injury to the patient. A patient who suffers an injury from a pharmaceutical error can also bring a case against a hospital, doctor, or nurse who made a mistake in the paperwork or dispensing of medication.
A plaintiff can recover damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
If a patient dies because of a pharmaceutical error, the family can pursue a wrongful death claim.
Seeking damages for injuries caused by pharmaceutical error is a difficult task for an individual to tackle. If you or someone you know has suffered from a pharmaceutical error, you may have great difficulty proving negligence on the part of the pharmacist because of the industry’s strength in protecting their interests.
An attorney can help you determine the correct amount of compensation you will need to recover the damages you’ve suffered. If the amount is too low, then you may not be able to completely recover damages, and if the amount is too high, a judge or jury may dismiss your case.
Our medical malpractice attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can help you make good decisions to help compensate for your losses. Hiring an attorney greatly improves your chance of recovering damages, so don’t hesitate to call us for help in making your case as strong as possible.
No one should have to pay for the consequences of a medical professional’s errors by themselves. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a pharmaceutical error, we can possibly help you get the justice and compensation you need.