Pharmaceutical / Medical Injuries
Pharmaceutical and medical mistakes are responsible for hundreds of thousands of injuries and fatalities every year in the United States. In fact, only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans than preventable medical errors. According to the Journal of Patient Safety, approximately 440,000 people die from preventable medical mistakes in hospitals every year.
Prescription drug injuries can be just as deadly. Although we’d like to think that every prescription and over-the-counter drug on American shelves is safe, this is not always the case. This is especially true with new-to-market drugs in their first few months or years of release. Dangerous side effects that didn’t present in pre-market testing begin to turn up in patients, occasionally with catastrophic results. Prescription drug companies can make profits in the millions and billions of dollars with the release of drugs that offer better treatment options than their predecessors. The excitement surrounding new drug releases and the anticipation of increased profits may lead to insufficient testing and early release. Unfortunately, this often comes at the expense of patient health and safety.
Medical Errors / Pharmaceutical Errors
Medical errors can come in many different forms. Some of the most common are listed here:
Delayed Diagnosis, Missed Diagnosis, and Incorrect Diagnosis – When a serious condition such as cancer or heart attack is not diagnosed early enough, it may lead to chronic health problems or death. Similarly, if a health condition is overlooked or an incorrect diagnosis is made, necessary treatment may not be administered and the patient’s window for recovery may close.
Childbirth Injuries – Many birth defects are the result of injuries sustained during childbirth. A physician may fail to respond to signs of fetal distress or order a cesarean, or the improper use of forceps or a vacuum may cause preventable injuries. Additionally, failing to diagnose a maternal condition such as preeclampsia may also result in birth injuries, and even fetal or maternal death.
Medication Errors – Mistakes involving medication can occur from the initial prescription to the actual administration of the drug. These errors are responsible for harming 1.5 million Americans every year.
Surgery Errors – If a surgeon is negligent during an operation, or a nurse or other medical professional is negligent during post-op care, a medical malpractice lawsuit may result.
Anesthesia Errors – One of the most dangerous forms of medical errors, anesthesia errors can result in permanent injuries, brain damage, and even death.
Kirk Law Firm – Injury Lawyers Serving Texas for Nearly Four Decades
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a pharmaceutical or medical error, we can help. With over 37 years of experience fighting for the rights of accident and injury victims in Texas, attorney Dana G. Kirk has an impressive track record of winning cases and obtaining compensation for clients. Medical and pharmaceutical errors can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. Our legal team will work tirelessly to help you get your life back on track. Contact Kirk Law Firm for a free consultation today.
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