Medication mistakes are one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. With the sheer volume of prescription drugs prescribed and administered in the United States, there are literally thousands of drug errors every day on the part of doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
Thankfully, most people suffer no serious or lasting harm from medication mistakes. But for some patients, an overdose or bad reaction can have tragic results. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP holds medical providers and retail pharmacies accountable for monetary damages for the injuries, hardships and medical intervention.
Serious Injury From a Medication Mistake? Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We handle medical negligence lawsuits on Long Island and nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens. Se habla español.
Long Island Prescription Error Lawyers
A landmark study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science concluded that at least 1.5 million Americans are harmed by medication errors each year. The extra costs of treating drug-related injuries in hospitals alone were conservatively estimated at $3.5 billion a year. That figure does not include the lost wages, disability claims and other economic losses. And of course there is no price tag on the tragic toll in the personal lives of victims and their families.
Medication errors fall into two general categories:
- Errors by medical staff in a hospital or clinic setting — Errors in prescribing or administering medications, or failing to monitor patients or respond to adverse reactions
- Pharmacy errors in dispensing prescriptions — Providing the wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong label or instructions, or failure to cross-check for contraindications
Compensation for Medication Errors
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP handles both types of medication negligence. We have sued physicians and hospitals for the aftermath of serious drug errors, and we have sued pharmacists and pharmacies for prescription drug complications.
You cannot sue simply because there was an error or simply because you experienced unpleasant side effects. The threshold for a lawsuit is (a) serious and lasting injury resulting directly from (b) negligence on the part of the doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Trial lawyer Richard Jaffe and his legal team excel at identifying the specific error or carelessness and detailing the impact. We pursue full damages for medical care, lost income, pain and suffering, and lost enjoyment, or damages for wrongful death.
Let our Long Island medical malpractice lawyers determine if you have a good case. We offer a free consultation, and there are no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.
Call 516-358-6900 or contact us online. Located in New Hyde Park, we serve Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and the NYC area. We speak Spanish and Russian.
For a free legal consultation with a medication errors lawyer serving Long Island, call 516-358-6900