Have you suffered harm because of a medication error? If you were prescribed the wrong medication, given an incorrect dosage, or were otherwise harmed, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. An experienced Boca Raton medication errors lawyer can make a world of difference in getting the full compensation you deserve.
How Can a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Help With My Medication Errors Claim?
Doctors prescribe prescription drugs that save thousands of lives every year. They also improve the quality of life for countless other patients. However, these drugs are complex chemical compounds. One simple mistake can cause serious damage to your health–and the most serious mistakes can even be fatal.
Big pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars off prescription medications. Hospitals and doctors can similarly profit from their use. These trusted health care professionals owe it to patients to exercise appropriate caution in administering medications. If you were hurt because someone made a mistake, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
Unfortunately, most victims of medication errors face an uphill battle in getting what they deserve. It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where your treatment went wrong. An experienced Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyer can help you stand up to the people who caused your harm.
When you hire Hollander Law Firm, P.A., expect us to:
- Help you understand all of your legal options
- Launch a full investigation to find out exactly who and what caused your medication error
- Work with experts and specialists who can help put a fair dollar value on the cost of your injuries
- Work with your doctors and medical specialists to provide the expert opinions needed to successfully bring a medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida
- Communicate with the defense lawyers and insurance companies hired to minimize the value of your injuries
- Fight to obtain the maximum compensation award possible for you and your family
Our law firm has a proven track record of helping clients recover fair settlements and verdicts in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and across South Florida. We’re also passionate about getting justice for our clients. If you were hurt by a doctor’s mistake, don’t settle for just any law firm. Call our lawyers to gain access to the experience and resources you need to succeed.
What is a Medication Error?
The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention defines a medication error as a preventable event that leads to inappropriate use of medications or patient harm. Medication errors can occur when the medication error is in the control of the health care provider, patient, or consumer.
Most of the medication errors that happen in Boca Raton fit into one of a few categories. Common types of medication errors include:
- Prescribing the wrong prescription drug
- Failing to consider the possibility of adverse drug reactions based on patient history
- Overprescribing medications
- Underprescribing medications
- Errors in drug packaging or use instructions
A prescription drug error can dramatically harm the patient. If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to medical negligence, don’t hesitate to seek legal help. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Hollander Law Firm, P.A. would be happy to set up a free consultation to discuss establishing an attorney-client relationship today.
How Can a Lawyer Establish That a Medication Error Was Medical Malpractice?
Not every mistake is malpractice. Some medications are experimental. Others simply don’t perform perfectly under every set of circumstances.
On the flip side, some medication errors are entirely preventable. In the legal context, we’ll work to establish medical malpractice by showing that the health care provider failed to act in the way that a reasonably prudent, trained medical professional would have acted under the circumstances. In other words, we’ll show that the doctor or health care provider deviated from the medical standard of care.
Common Causes of Medication Errors in Boca Raton, FL
Medication errors can happen for any number of reasons. In many cases, medical negligence is the root cause of the error. Some common causes of medication errors include:
- Administrative errors
- Incorrect documentation
- Worker fatigue and understaffing
- Lack of knowledge about the medication
- Failure to take a full patient history
- Communication errors
- Interruptions and distractions
- Lack of proper training
Holding medical professionals liable for their mistakes can help you move on with your life and get the quality care you need. It can also serve to prevent future medical mistakes.
Regardless of the cause, our experienced personal injury attorneys in Boca Raton will be here to help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. Get in touch with our law offices today to see how we can help in your case.
Consequences of a Medication Error
Medication errors often cause serious physical and emotional damage. Working to correct that damage can quickly become expensive.
Some examples of the serious consequences medication errors cause include:
- Brain damage
- Anaphylactic shock
- Allergic reactions
- Organ failure
- Drug addiction
- Wrongful death
Don’t underestimate the potential severity of a medication error. Some mistakes can cause catastrophic injuries. Mistakes involving narcotics, opioids, and other painkillers can leave you suffering the consequences of drug addiction.
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., our trusted Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyers are here to hold the negligent healthcare provider accountable for their mistake. All you have to do is call or contact us online to get started.
Who Can Be Held Liable For Medication Errors in Florida?
The key to recovering fair compensation is identifying all responsible parties. More than one person can be held liable for a medication error under the Florida comparative fault rule. Our lawyers will do everything we can to hold every responsible party fully accountable for their actions.
Examples of parties who may be responsible include:
- Administrative staff
- Medical clinics
- Manufacturers of dangerous drugs
Our team has been handling cases like yours for more than 25 years. We have the skills and resources to get to the bottom of what happened in your case. Reach out to our lawyers today to schedule your 100% free case review. The sooner we get started, the sooner we can get money in your hands.
What Damages Are Available For Victims of Medication Errors in Boca Raton, FL?
It’s not unusual for victims of medication errors to recover large settlements and verdicts. As in any personal injury case, you’re entitled to compensation for all of your losses. Those damages include both economic and non-economic damages.
Victims of medication errors in Boca Raton may be eligible to recover compensation for damages that include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future earning capacity
- The cost of continuing care and rehabilitation
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Anxiety and depression
- Diminished quality of life
We can also help you recover damages for wrongful death if you lost a loved one. In an action for wrongful death in the state of Florida, close family members may be entitled to compensation for:
- Loss of consortium, or your loved one’s company
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of financial support
- Funeral and burial costs
Getting the fair compensation you deserve isn’t always easy. Insurance companies know what tactics to use to minimize the extent of your damages. Our lawyers will work with experts and specialists who can help in our fight to maximize your compensation award.
If you’re ready to learn more, don’t hesitate to call. We’re always available to discuss your case and help you understand your legal rights.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Medication Errors Lawsuit in Florida
In Florida, you have two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. That means you have to take action within two years of the error to preserve your right to compensation.
However, there is an exception if you don’t discover the medication error right away. Under the Florida discovery rule, you have to file your lawsuit within two years from the date you either:
- Discovered the error, or
- Reasonably should have discovered the error
The statute of limitations does impose a set four-year cap on your ability to sue for damages. That means you have to take action within four years of the error in all cases.
It’s never too early to take action and get started with your lawsuit. If you even suspect you were the victim of a medication error, get in touch with a lawyer who can help. We’ll investigate to find out what happened and act to preserve your right to compensation.
Contact an Experienced Boca Raton Medication Errors Lawyer For Help Today
Don’t let the insurance companies scare you into accepting less than you deserve. Over our 25 years of experience, the medical malpractice lawyers at Hollander Law Firm, P.A. have helped countless victims recover fair compensation for their injuries. Call today to get the help of an experienced Boca Raton medication errors lawyer who can help.