Innovative new medications have made it possible for more people to live longer, fuller lives than ever before. We rely on our physicians and pharmacists as experts in their fields for access to these medications and guidance on using them properly.
Unfortunately, many of the medications on the market today can have harmful effects if they are given to the wrong person or used improperly. The national Institute of Medicine has reported that medication errors harm approximately 1.5 million people per year. Treatment costs for these errors are over $3.5 billion, not counting the lost wages of the victims or costs incurred outside of hospitals. Sometimes those errors can result in death.
Most of the time, pharmacists and other medical professionals are diligent and care for their patients properly. Occasionally some pharmacists or other medical professionals are overworked, careless, or irresponsible and make mistakes. The errors they make can have devastating results, such as lasting injuries or wrongful death. Pharmacy errors include giving a patient the wrong prescription, mislabeling a prescription, failing to instruct a patient on the proper way to use a type of medication, or failing to discover and alert the patient to a dangerous interaction between multiple types of prescribed medication. Pharmacists, their employers, physicians, and hospitals are some of the parties that may be responsible.
Massachusetts law holds medical professionals responsible for medication mistakes and pharmacy errors. Such errors are a form of medical malpractice, and the medical professional’s malpractice insurance provider should compensate you for the loss of your loved one. While monetary compensation can never replace a lost family member, it can help you deal with the financial and emotional strain that often follows the loss of a loved one.
The monetary compensation you might be entitled to under Massachusetts law includes compensation for a range of harms, such as:
- Medical expenses associated with the mistake.
- Loss of financial support, including wages the victim would have earned in the future.
- Loss of companionship, support, society, and consortium that the victim provided to family members, even family members who were not financially dependent on the victim.
- Expenses related to the victim’s funeral and burial.
- Any pain and suffering the victim experienced as a result of the pharmacy error.
- Emotional distress suffered by you or another family member.
At Sheff Law, our team of attorneys has been representing the families of wrongful death victims for over sixty years. The insurance company will have experts to defend them and help them avoid liability, so it is important that you have a team of dedicated and experienced attorneys on your side too. In addition to our experienced attorneys, we often work with experts in the field of medicine to strengthen your case.
Many of our clients have received multi-million dollar compensation awards. Together, we will advocate for you to receive the monetary compensation you deserve to help you recover from the loss of your loved one.Please fill out the form or call us today at (617) 227-7000 or (888) 423-4477 to schedule an initial consultation, free of charge.