Fighting Prescription Drug Errors in Virginia Beach
Attorneys who know that the wrong prescription can have disastrous consequences
We trust medical professionals with our health. We rely on them to make correct decisions about our care. Sometimes, those decisions involve serious mistakes. And the effects of those errors can injure not only you but also your loved ones.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we know that prescription drug errors can prove dangerous and even deadly. We work with our clients to aid in their recovery and get them the compensation they deserve.
Prescription drug errors fall into several categories
Determining the right prescription and dosage for certain medicines is a difficult process that requires years of experience and expertise on the part of doctors and pharmacists. While most professionals take great care in prescribing and filling prescriptions, errors do happen. Those errors include:
- Incorrect medication — A doctor may prescribe the wrong medicine or a pharmacy might incorrectly fill the order.
- Incorrect dosage — Even small differences in dosage can exacerbate side effects and have severe repercussions. In extreme cases, dosage errors can even be fatal.
- Failure to identify harmful drug interactions — Drug interactions are complex, and it’s impossible to predict how drug interactions will affect every person taking those drugs. But a failure to identify a known, harmful interaction can be dangerous and even deadly.
If you’ve been harmed by a prescription drug administration error, you may be able to sue for medical malpractice. Speak with one of our medical malpractice lawyers about your case.
Major errors are fatal for many
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report from 2000 estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths occur every year due to a wide variety of medical mistakes, ranging from emergency room errors to botched surgical procedures. That same report estimated that 7,000 people die annually from medication errors of some sort. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that:
- Approximately 82% of American adults take at least one medication regularly. Nearly a third of Americans take more than five.
- Americans visit emergency rooms 700,000 times a year for adverse drug reactions. Those reactions result in 120,000 hospitalizations annually.
- The annual cost of harmful reactions to prescription drugs totals $3.5 billion.
Nearly 40 percent of all adverse drug reactions are classified as being preventable. If you have become ill after taking medication, there is a significant chance your ordeal could have been prevented with proper care.
Contact us for more information on prescription drug errors and the law
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we want to help you with your medical malpractice case that involves prescription drug errors. To schedule an appointment for a free consultation, contact us at 757.455.0077 or online to find out more about medical malpractice in Virginia.