Americans are being prescribed more medications than at any other time in our history.
Making matters worse is that many patients have multiple doctors prescribing them medications such as a primary care physician and a cardiologist or pain management specialist. In many instances doctors do not take the time to get the full inventory of what drugs their patients are taking. Many of these medications should not be taken together because the interaction can cause injury or death.
Accidental overdose is becoming more common.
Also, patients are often given the wrong medications when they are hospitalized. These medication errors often have catastrophic results, especially when patients are given medications that they are allergic to or are contra-indicated to treat their condition.
In order to have a valid claim for a medication error, we must prove that the error occurred and that it caused severe injury or death.
We often get calls from people stating that they were given the wrong medication in the emergency room and that they could have died. When we ask if they did actually suffer any injury from the medication error they usually say no, but again emphasize that they could have been injured. Unless an error causes injury or death it is not medical malpractice. Often proving causation of injury is more difficult than proving that the health care provider made an error or was negligent in the care and treatment of the patient.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error that caused injury or death we have a team of medical and pharmacy experts that can build a solid case, and obtain the compensation you deserve for the injury or death caused by the medication error.
All of the initial investigation is done at no charge to you, and we will only be reimbursed for our costs if we resolve your claim to your satisfaction either by settlement or trial. Further, our services are provided on a contingent fee basis, so there is no charge for attorney’s fees unless we resolve your claim to your satisfaction either by settlement or trial.
You must act quickly if you think you may have a medical malpractice claim because Florida has a very short statute of limitations in which to bring a medical malpractice claim.
The law as to when the statute of limitations ends in a medical malpractice case is very complex. Even if you have been told by another law firm that the statute of limitations has expired or you do not have a claim please call us to get our opinion. Many times we have been able to bring successful claims for clients that have been told by other lawyers that they do not have a valid claim or that their claim has been barred by the statute of limitations.
If you are looking for a law firm dedicated to the successful investigation and prosecution of medical malpractice claims involving issues related to medication errors please call our law office at 813-264-4800 or email your questions to David Eaton