Medication Errors Kill Thousands Yearly, and Elders Are Particularly At Risk – How That Impacts Seniors Living in Florida

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Approximately 7,000 to 9,000 people die annually in the United States due to medication errors. On top of that, hundreds of thousands of other patients experience health complications or adverse reactions related to a prescribed medication or improperly prescribed medication. In fact, medication errors are so widespread that they cost the U.S. $40 billion in medical expenses each year.

This is especially concerning for seniors living in Florida. Are they getting the care they need? Are medication errors by negligent doctors here in Miami and around Florida being held accountable for their actions?

There are multiple types of medication errors, including:

  • Prescribing an incorrect medication, dosage, or frequency
  • Failing to prescribe a necessary medication
  • Administering medication at the wrong time
  • Failing to monitor patients that are taking medication
  • Not identifying adverse drug interactions or previously existing medical allergies

The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Baron, Herskowitz, and Cohen are happy to answer any questions you may have about our firm, our services, and our cases.

Has a medication error or medical negligence by a Miami doctor negatively impacted your health?

Our lawyers have extensive experience in medical and pharmacy malpractice claims and are not afraid to challenge large hospitals and their insurance companies. We also support families whose relatives and friends are victims of nursing home abuse or neglect – and who are subject to medication errors while living in retirement communities, assisted living facilities or even rely on in-home care services.

Contact us today to discuss the details of your personal injury case, and find out whether we’re the right firm for you.

Recent examples of doctor negligence cases in Miami – read more here:

April 23 news report from Miami’s Community Newspapers: Jury Awards $11.9 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

“On April 9, 2019, David Sampedro, a partner at the Pinecrest-based law firm of Panter, Panter, & Sampedro, P.A., won a $11,882,175.48 verdict against osteopathic orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Melvin Rech, on behalf of Matthew Standley, and his wife, Corrine Standley. The jury found that a series of errors by Dr. Rech led to the amputation of Mr. Standley’s leg after a total knee replacement surgery was negligently performed which subsequently led to a tragic chain of events.

Upon being contacted by the Standley family, Mr. Sampedro requested that a board certified osteopathic orthopedic surgeon in Arizona review the case. The surgeon opined that Dr. Rech made three errors. He had mistakenly identified Matthew as a candidate for a total knee replacement; he failed to order prophylactic antibiotics; and he abandoned Matthew by failing to provide him appropriate medical care and treatment in addition to failing to respond to the nurses’ calls in the emergency room. As a result of Dr. Rech’s negligence, Matthew’s left leg was amputated.”

April 27 blog post from Lawyers.comDoctors Found Negligent in Wrongful Death Case Involving Florida Woman

“As reported by the Miami Herald, doctors who delayed a scheduled C-section for a Florida mom for over 14 hours have been found negligent in her death. The woman bled to death after giving birth to her last child, Lillian, in July 2015 at Broward General Hospital. A Broward County jury awarded $24.5 million to the family of the mom who was 34-years-old at the time of her death.”

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