Attorneys In Jacksonville Represent Clients Injured By Improper Medication
Holding Medical Personnel Accountable For Negligence
According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, as many as 7,000 Americans die each year from medication errors or incorrect prescriptions. In fact, the number may well be much higher, because it’s likely there are more deaths that should be attributed to improper medication but are not. While not all medication errors can be considered malpractice, you have every right to believe a medication prescribed by your physician following an office visit and filled by your local pharmacy, or one administered by a nurse while you’re hospitalized, is safe and effective when taken as directed. When you’re injured by the medication that’s supposed to help you, you deserve compensation for that injury.
At Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., our medical malpractice attorneys in Jacksonville have extensive experience helping Floridians recover damages for injury caused by improper medication. Whether that injury can be traced to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or another person, we can hold the negligent party or parties accountable. As seasoned litigators, we understand the complexities of Florida’s medical malpractice laws and are able to call upon considerable resources in first establishing your claim and then battling big insurance companies. We know that the consequences of being given improper medication can be serious and sometimes life-threatening, affecting you well into the future. That’s why you deserve a legal team committed to determining the full extent of your injury so that you can recover the maximum possible compensation.
A multitude of medication errors
All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, have risks and potential side effects. That’s why medications carry warning labels and include package inserts with pages listing every known possible adverse effect attributed to the drug. The problem with such warnings is that these adverse effects aren’t known until a patient, or a number of patients, suffers them and they’re reported.
And the problem is compounded because any medication may be dangerous for a particular patient for a whole host of reasons:
- The patient has a known allergy to the medication.
- It isn’t intended to treat the condition the patient has.
- It’s dangerous because of the patient’s medical condition.
- It shouldn’t be used in combination with another drug the patient is taking.
That’s why doctors need to ensure that they take a patient’s medical history and current prescriptions into account when prescribing any medication. They have a responsibility to provide an acceptable standard of care, one that a similarly trained doctor in the same circumstances would have provided. When doctors fail to do this, or nurses give hospital patients the wrong medication or wrong dose, or pharmacists fill the wrong prescription, we can hold them liable for the injury you suffer as a result— and vigorously pursue the compensation you deserve.
Contact Us For Help With Your Medical Malpractice Claim
At Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys have the skills, access to medical experts and experience to handle even the most complex medical malpractice cases, including those stemming from improper medication. Contact us online or call our office today at (904) 353-5800 for a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys. There are no fees unless we succeed.*
- In some cases, clients will be asked to pay the costs associated with providing services. These costs, which will be fully explained, never include fees for a lawyer’s time.
Medical malpractice takes various forms. The following represent some of the more common types of medical malpractice: