prescription negligence

Medication Errors Now Number 5 on Medical Malpractice Lawsuit List

Florida Medication Negligence Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Medical malpractice is defined as any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient. Fortunately our U.S. Constitution allows victims to use the courts to seek compensation when they are injured by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or malpractice. To do so, four legal elements must be proven: (1) a professional duty owed to the patient; (2) breach of such duty; (3) injury caused by the breach; and (4) resulting damages. Money damages, if awarded, typically take into account both actual economic loss and noneconomic loss, such as pain and suffering.

For many years the most common causes for victims to file medical malpractice lawsuits were improper diagnoses and actual injuries to patients but “medication errors” and specifically “pharmacy errors” have combined to now rank fifth on the list of most prevalent causes for the filing of lawsuits.

According to the National Institutes of Health: Close to 6,800 prescription medications and countless over-the-counter drugs are available in the United States.

Each year, in the United States alone, 7,000 to 9,000 people die due to a medication error. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of other patients experience but often do not report an adverse reaction or other complications related to a medication. The total cost of looking after patients with medication-associated errors exceeds $40 billion each year.

Medication errors happen in hospitals and they also happen when mistakes are made by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians at your local pharmacy.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping people injured by medication errors since 1992 and we have special expertise dealing with the medical issues related to prescription medication mistakes. If you have questions we are always here to help by calling 954-356-0006.


Top Reasons for Hiring a Rideshare Accident Attorney After an Uber or Lyft Collision-Related Injury

Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Weston, Florida and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

All collisions involving cars, trucks, or motorcycles that involve injuries are complex incidents. Determining how and why the accident happened is difficult and diagnosing and treating injuries is also very involved. The costs involved with hospitalization and physical rehabilitation are astronomical so protecting the rights of victims to receive adequate compensation is essential.

What Makes Rideshare Accidents Different?

When a driver for one of the rideshare companies gets into an accident it’s different than an accident involving two individual drivers and passenger vehicles and it is also different than when a private individual has an accident with a commercial vehicle like a tractor trailer. Uber and Lyft drivers typically use their own personal vehicles to provide transportation to riders who use these online apps. Uber and Lyft drivers do not need to have a commercial driver’s license or purchase commercial auto insurance. However, the ridesharing company does provide commercial insurance coverage while the driver is on the clock. So, who is financially liable for any injuries resulting from the accident will depend on your particular circumstances.

Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys Weston FloridaInjuries involving a rideshare vehicle are covered by the company insurance policy. However, even when a ridesharing driver is at fault and on duty at the time of an accident, the ridesharing company may still fight a claim and try to deny liability. This is why it’s important to have an experienced rideshare accident lawyer who will fight for adequate compensation including the possibility of long-term care and future complications.

Injuries are often more than physical. Victims of serious trauma commonly suffer from emotional and psychological issues, and these must be considered.

Experience Matters

Since 1992 the Personal Injury Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping people recover physically and financially from injuries incurred in all kinds of accidents. Since Uber started in 2009 and Lyft in 2012, we have developed a special expertise dealing with all the rideshare companies. Our success rate is outstanding, and our clients have shared their thoughts about our service and results on Google.

How to Reach Us

We are a relatively small law firm and so we are able to give personal service and we’re available 7 days a week by calling 954-356-0006