Prescription Drug Error Lawsuits in Washington DC
Approximately 1.5 million people in the United States are injured annually due to medication errors, according to American Nurse Today. These medication errors often involve prescription drugs that were designed to help improve health, not cause injury or death.
Many things can go wrong with prescription drugs. The wrong medications may be administered; the wrong dose may be given; the pharmacy may make a mistake; or the drugs themselves might be defective.
Whatever the reason for the damage caused by prescription drugs, you may have a legal right to compensation for your injuries. At The Abelson Law Firm, we can review your case and the facts leading up to your prescription drug injury, and we can help you to build a strong case to obtain fair monetary compensation to cover your losses.
Causes of Prescription Drug Injuries
Prescription drug injuries can occur in a number of ways. For example, a prescription drug error can occur:
- If a doctor prescribes you the wrong medication. This might involve prescribing an incorrect dose of a drug or the wrong drug entirely.
- If a doctor or health care provider prescribes you a medication that reacts badly with other drugs that you are taking.
- If the wrong dose of a medication is administered to you or if you are given the wrong medication. This can occur in a hospital setting, for example, if a nurse doses you with a drug meant for a different patient.
- If a pharmacy makes an error in filling your prescription.
- If the drug has an unintended side effect or causes complications that you were not aware of or warned about.
There are many reasons for the prevalence of drug errors. One problem is that many hospitals and nursing homes are understaffed, and care providers are often too busy and overworked. The lack of electronic medical records could be a contributing factor as well, as pharmacists or nurses may not be able to read exactly what the doctor has written in a prescription or may misread the prescription. Finally, drug manufacturers have an incredible incentive to release “the next big drug” since the drug business is a multibillion-dollar industry.
All of this can add up to patients suffering as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of the very people who were supposed to help and protect them.
Problem Medications and Dangerous Prescription Drugs
In recent years, a number of different drugs have begun to cause complications that result in severe or unexpected side effects. Some of the drugs that are of concern include:
- Phenypropanolamine (PPA)
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured by Prescription Drugs?
If you have been injured as a result of prescription drugs or medication, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment as soon as you can after the symptoms begin to manifest themselves. You should always keep the packaging or bottle of the problematic drug, as well as any pills that you have left over. All of these things can be useful in getting the medical treatment you need and, later, in getting the evidence that you need to prove your prescription drug claim.
Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, the next step is to contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can. Medical malpractice and drug defect cases can be notoriously difficult to prove due to the complex and technical nature of practicing or manufacturing medicine. You need a knowledgeable advocate who can stand up to the doctors or drug companies for you.
An experienced attorney at The Abelson Law Firm, will do everything possible to help make sure that you obtain the fair compensation you need. Our work for you starts immediately after you become a client, as we start to gather evidence to prove that the health care provider was negligent or that the drug company released a dangerous product on the market.
In representing you, our goal is to maximize the compensation you receive. You could be entitled to payment for all medical costs that were made necessary by your prescription drug injury. Lost income or wages could be paid if you missed work. If you are going to be permanently unable to work or limited in the work you do because of your prescription injury, you could be compensated for this loss too. Those who have suffered pain or who have diminished quality of life because of their prescription drug injuries could be compensated for this, as could surviving family members left behind if a prescription drug error caused death.
At The Abelson Law Firm, we aren’t afraid to fight to get you the full compensation you are entitled to. We will put our legal skills to work in negotiating a settlement when possible, or in fighting for you in court.
If you are ready to start protecting your rights after a prescription injury, contact us online for a free consultation.