Champaign Pharmaceutical Error Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured or has died as a result of a pharmaceutical error, you may be entitled to financial compensation that can help alleviate your suffering. Whether your doctor prescribed you an improper prescription, your pharmacy filled an incorrect dose, or your nurses administered the wrong medication entirely, you should not have to suffer due to their mistakes. Contact Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 328-2828 to schedule a free consultation to explore your legal options today.
Do I Need A Pharmaceutical Error Attorney?
If a doctor or other medical professional has made an error in your prescription, this is considered medical malpractice. A pharmaceutical error can be just as dangerous as any other form of medical malpractice. It can have serious, even long-lasting consequences to your health. Healthcare professionals responsible for prescribing, dispensing or administering prescriptions are legally obligated to make sure that they do so correctly. These professionals should be held accountable when mistakes are made. The legal process in cases like these can be long and difficult without a good understanding of the laws involved, and you may be limited in your time to file a claim. However, the attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have experience with all kinds of medication errors and are here to guide you. It only takes one phone call to find out if you have a claim for your injuries caused by pharmaceutical error and if you are entitled to compensation.
Why Choose Spiros Law, P.C. to Handle My Case?
Over the years, Spiros Law, P.C. has gained the trust of people all over Illinois because of our steadfast devotion to each of our clients. That dedication has paid off; we have recovered over $100 million for our clients in just the last ten years. Our aggressive approach in our cases is the reason that we gain a large percentage of our through the recommendation of other law firms. At Spiros Law, P.C., we pride ourselves in working closely with our clients to ensure they are informed and involved with every development of their pharmaceutical error cases. We often meet face-to-face with our clients and maintain consistent, open communication that fosters a great relationship with those we work with. Spiros Law, P.C.’s success has earned the reputation as one of the most reliable firms in Illinois. Compensation from your case may not reverse the suffering you or a loved one have experienced, but it can alleviate the financial strain that results from many injuries or illnesses caused by pharmaceutical errors. Spiros Law, P.C. is dedicated to helping people in the community seek restitution for medical malpractice cases like these.
Pharmaceutical Error Cases We Handle
Pharmaceutical errors are extremely preventable with simple steps such as double checking medications and writing clear prescriptions. But, unfortunately, it is too common for negligence to occur, which can seem surprising given the extreme danger that can result from some pharmaceutical errors. Some common mistakes include the following:
- Incorrect drug dosage
- Giving a drug at the wrong time
- Failure to monitor the patient’s drug reaction or note drug allergies
- Overmedication for a non-medical reason (for example, to make a patient more docile)
- Administering a drug the wrong way
- Administering the wrong drug
- Administering another patient’s drug
- Incorrectly labeling medication
- Prescribing a drug that does not treat the condition you need medication for
- Prescribing medicines that do not interact well together
- Failure to provide sufficient instructions on the use of a drug
Countless side effects are unique to each drug, which can lead to more illnesses, injuries, and even death. Some of this treatment can become expensive, so it is important to seek compensation for any carelessness of a medical professional.
How common are pharmaceutical errors?
A study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that almost one in every four prescriptions contained some error. Medical professionals caught and mitigated 79% of those errors, but that still leaves a significant number of people at risk for severe adverse drug reactions. Applying this small study to the more than 4 billion prescriptions that are filled in the United States every year, there remain millions of Americans who are at risk for serious side effects resulting from a pharmaceutical error. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 98,000 people die every year from pharmaceutical errors. Since the injuries or illnesses resulting from these errors are entirely avoidable, given careful and responsible medical care, it is crucial to hold careless medical professionals accountable.
Liability in pharmaceutical error cases
There can be many people involved in the drug administration process, which unfortunately leaves a lot of room for errors if each person is not careful. Some of these parties include:
- Medical assistants: They are required to collect information from you at the beginning of your doctor’s visit or hospital stay. It is essential to verify your medical history, current prescriptions, and drug allergies—factors that all contribute to your physician’s choice of prescription for you.
- Physicians: As the ones making the ultimate decision about your medication, physicians need to ensure that they legibly prescribe a drug of the proper dose that will not interact with your current medications or existing conditions.
- Nurses: If you are receiving treatment in a hospital or nursing home, nurses are the ones administering your medicine. They need to verify every aspect of your medication, such as dosage and time you need to take it, to make sure that you do not take the wrong medicine or dose.
- Pharmacists: A pharmacist must catch any errors made by other medical professionals when filling a prescription. They need to double check your drug history and interactions, verify dosage, and discuss medications with their patients directly before they begin taking them. Unfortunately, carelessness can manifest in many ways, including incorrect dosage and mixing up prescriptions entirely.
If any medical professional fails to perform their job carefully, you can suffer severe side effects. You should not have to incur additional injuries or illnesses as the result of a preventable pharmaceutical error.
Contact Spiros Law, P.C. For Help Today
The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. understand that individuals can suffer unfairly as a result of the negligence of a medical professional who has the important job of prescribing, dispensing or administering medications to their patients. You should not have to suffer for their negligence or deal with costly medical treatment for an incident that was avoidable. Contact Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 328-2828 today to schedule a free consultation about your case.