According to statistics, over a million and a half people are sickened, injured or even killed each year through errors in prescribing, dispensing or taking prescription medications. In fact, errors in drug administration are so commonplace in hospitals that for every day a patient occupies a hospital bed he or she could likely be subjected to a medication error. While it is documented that over a hundred thousand Americans will die each year due to medication errors many believe this figure is vastly underreported. As many as 5% of all hospital admissions relate to issues with medications, and nearly that amount of hospitalized patients find themselves so harmed by medication errors that their stay is extended as much as two weeks.
Medication errors can include physicians who write prescriptions which have a dangerous interaction with another drug, nurses who puts the incorrect medication or the improper dosage in an IV drip or pharmacists who dispense the incorrect dosage strength of a prescription drug. When we enter a hospital for treatment we want to believe we will walk out of the hospital in a healthier state than when we arrived. We expect to be healed—at least to some degree—and we don’t anticipate that the medical care we receive will cause further harm or even death. Yet in hospitals across the United States, each and every year, patients are subject to medication errors or negligent care which causes serious injury or can be fatal.
Aside from serious medication errors which cause patient injury, tens of millions of people are unknowingly exposed to rare yet quite serious side effects of relatively common prescription drugs. Consumer Reports identified at least a dozen prescription drugs which have been linked to serious health risks including heart attack, stroke and cancer. These risks were apparently either not detected, underestimated or flat ignored when the drugs were approved for use, yet the majority of the drugs are still being widely prescribed. There are several factors involved in the potentially dangerous prescription drugs which are harming Americans every day, the most prevalent reason being the rush to get a drug approved.
The FDA is consistently forced to work with minimal data, reviewing drugs at a dizzying pace, and drug companies have no interest in slowing the approval of a drug which has the potential to make millions and millions of dollars and in some cases have even withheld studies which showed unexpected risks. The attorneys of Sullo & Sullo, LLP have the skill, dedication and resources necessary to advocate on your behalf against the large pharmaceutical companies. We are not afraid to seek justice against large drug companies who have clearly ignored the health and safety of those who will take their drugs.
Although pharmaceutical companies will naturally bring in big legal “guns”, our attorneys have no qualms about putting our knowledge, experience and resources to the test. We believe that while garnering justice and economic recovery in such cases may be a challenge, it is a challenge we are well able to meet. Victims of dangerous drugs are entitled to pursue equitable settlement for their losses including payment of medical expenses, compensation for lost wages and future salary as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering.
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If you or a loved one were subjected to a serious injury caused by a medication error or other type of negligence, it is important that you speak with a reputable Houston law firm in order to determine whether you have a legitimate personal injury compensation claim. The Houston law firm of Sullo & Sullo, LLP will take the time to fully evaluate your individual case, give you honest answers and help you receive justice and financial compensation for your injuries. We have a positive track record of success against manufacturers of dangerous pharmaceuticals and want to help you get your life back on track and have a future to look forward to. Don’t wait if you’ve been the victim of a medication error or have taken a dangerous drug which caused harm to your health and to your life. Call Sullo & Sullo today.
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