Medication Errors Continue to Plague Patients and Providers

Every day, patients across Arizona visit their doctors and pharmacies for advice about medication. This results in hundreds of thousands of prescriptions being issued to and taken by patients who reasonably expect that these medications will not harm them. Unfortunately, patients across Arizona continue to be harmed by medication errors. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause serious – and in some cases, irreversible and permanent – damage. If you or a loved one has been injured by a medication error, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Injury victims have the legal right to be compensated for their financial losses.

 

The Statistics on Medication Errors

Medication errors are a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization reports that studies have identified varying rates of medication errors in countries from all parts of the globe. One study found 12% of all primary care patients in the United Kingdom experienced an error in the prescribing or monitoring of their medication. (This rate was more than three times higher for patients over the age of 75, who had a 38% error rate in these areas.) Another study found an error rate of just under 20% in Saudi Arabia, while one in Mexico found a that a whopping 58% of prescriptions contained an error.

 

Here in the United States, the problem of medication errors is also pervasive. American Nurse Today reports that medication errors cause more than seven thousand deaths nationwide every year. And unfortunately Arizona, in particular, has very limited public efforts aimed at addressing the problem of medication errors. QuPS.org – an advocacy group dedicated to quality and patient safety – reports that Arizona has no reporting program for medication errors or adverse side effects. In addition, the state legislature and Department of Public Health were reported to have limited resources and public support for addressing issues of patient safety. Because of this, there are very few administrative consequences (such as fines or license suspension) for medical professionals or facilities which commit medication errors. This makes it even more important for an injured patient to hold them accountable through civil lawsuits.

 

Who is Legally Responsible for a Medication Error?

There are many different persons and companies which may be legally responsible (“liable”) for causing a medication error. A doctor or nurse practitioner may be liable for prescribing a medication that is inappropriate for your illness, or a dosage which is incorrect. A pharmacist may be liable for filling a prescription incorrectly. The pharmacy which employs a negligent pharmacist may also be liable. Drug manufacturers can also be liable for improperly making medications, or placing dangerous medications on the market. This liability can be applied to prescription or over-the-counter medications.

 

Aggressive Representation for Your Medical Malpractice Case

The personal injury attorneys at Fite Law Group have decades of experience in negotiating and litigating medical malpractice claims. Our firm holds negligent medical professionals and medication manufacturers accountable for conduct which puts patients in danger. We also fight hard for the compensation injury victims deserve. After any medication error injury, contact our office as soon as possible. You can schedule your free consultation by calling (602) 368-1869, or emailing our office at info@fitelaw.com.

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How Safe is Your Home? Take the Homeowners’ Safety Check

With so much media attention on drunk driving and other controversial accidents, it can be easy to forget that many dangers are right in your own home. According to WebMD, household accidents kill twenty thousand Americans every year. Another seven million people are injured in household accidents and require twenty million hospital trips annually. Many homeowners fail to realize the scope of the safety problem, simply because commonplace household accidents receive little – if any – media coverage. Nonetheless, these common accidents devastate thousands of American families every year. Continue reading “How Safe is Your Home? Take the Homeowners’ Safety Check”

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Keeping Teen Drivers Safe as they Head Back to School

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of six teenagers died every day in 2015 from motor vehicle injuries. And AAA reports that new teen drivers aged sixteen to seventeen are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident than adults. Back to school season can be a particularly dangerous time for high school students, as high concentrations of young, inexperienced drivers increase the frequency of traffic accidents in and around school zones. Continue reading “Keeping Teen Drivers Safe as they Head Back to School”

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Personal Injury Attorneys for Nursing Home Negligence

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at a nursing home – whether it is medical malpractice, a slip and fall accident, or physical abuse – you have legal rights which must be aggressively protected. The experienced attorneys at the Fite Law Group offer the personalized service and legal expertise you need during this difficult time. Continue reading “Personal Injury Attorneys for Nursing Home Negligence”

Be Safe on Your Motorcycle Trip!

Summer is the season of road trips. For motorcyclists, good weather means good opportunities to ride – especially outside of the Arizona heat! But increased traffic also increases your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who understands the unique needs of riders. Continue reading “Be Safe on Your Motorcycle Trip!”

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Recommended Arizona Car Insurance Coverages

Car insurance coverages vary in Arizona depending on how much you want to pay, but there are specific minimum coverages required. These can cover property damage, uninsured motorist coverage, medical payments coverage and more.

In the event of an accident, $5,000 is the amount advised for medical payments coverage. If you were to pay more, the money would be reimbursable to the insurance company. You must be insured for liability in Arizona in the amounts of at least $15,000 per person, or $30,000 per crash. Continue reading “Recommended Arizona Car Insurance Coverages”

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New caselaw regarding bail withholding

Simpson/Martinez v. Miller (State)

February 9, 2017. This case considered the constitutionality of a bail provision under Arizona law. Arizona state Constitution and laws forbid bail for defendants accused of sexual conduct with a minor under age 15 under certain circumstances where it is likely the defendant committed the crime. The  Arizona Supreme Court decided that the prohibitions are not narrowly focused to protect public safety, and are unconstitutional. To withhold bail, an individualized determination of dangerousness must be made. 

Read the case here.

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Celebrating 10 years of success

Take a sneak peek at our February newsletter honoring Fite Law Group’s 10th Anniversary.  To celebrate, Fite Law Group will make ten $250 donations to charities nominated by our clients, former clients and friends of the firm.  Reach out to us today with your recommendation:  charity@fitelaw.com

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