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Wrong Medication Malpractice Lawsuits

We all need some kind of medication – whether it’s an over-the-counter medication or simple dietary supplements, most of us are dependent on small tablets and capsules. And since so many people are on a daily medication, any medication error can become a serious concern. Such errors can have dire consequences, and can cause a lot of pain to the patients.

Studies suggest that almost one-third of all adults in the US take at least 5 medications. The Institute of Medicine published its ‘To Err Is Human’ report claiming that around 98,000 people die each year due to mistakes in hospitals. Although the medical fraternity chose to dispute this number initially, it is now accepted that the numbers are correct.

Errors not only cost lives, but also damage the trust patients have in doctors and hospitals. Patients who experience disability because of a medical error suffer both physically and emotionally.

A study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Patient Safety says that the casualties are much higher. According to this study, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients who go to hospitals for medical care, suffer some sort of medical errors that lead to their death. If these figures are correct, then it is safe to assume that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US. The first is heart disease and the second is cancer.

Several factors contribute to medical errors. Perhaps the most important among them is the decentralized nature of the health care delivery system. Patients have to go to multiple care providers and none of them have access to their complete medical history. Because of this, things often go horribly wrong.

Some high profile cases involving medical malpractice are given below:

CASE 1

A patient was given blood thinner medication ten times stronger than what had been prescribed by her doctor by a Walgreens pharmacist. As a result, she suffered a massive stroke. She later received a $25,800,000 settlement. (Ref. Link –http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/walgreens-told-pay-285-mil-teen-pharmacy-techs/story?id=9977262)

CASE 2

A patient who is allergic to ibuprofen was given Motrin although the provider knew about his pre-existing allergy problem. The patient developed blisters on his face and they took several days to heal. Settlement is pending.

CASE 3

A patient was given hormone medication prescribed to another patient who had the same last name. Upon taking the medication, the first patient developed suicidal thoughts. She eventually had to be sent to rehabilitation until the medication left her body. She received a $20K settlement.

CASE 4

The patient was wrongly prescribed higher dosage. Medication was supposed to be taken 1/day, but the doctor’s prescription read 4/day. The patient received a modest settlement.

CASE 5

A 13-year-old girl who had a thyroid problem was accidentally given methadone, which is used to treat the addiction to heroin. There was a $10K settlement.

CASE 6

The patient was given the wrong medication; however, he did not suffer any harm. He still got a $8K settlement.

National Choice Lawyers Is On Your Side

If you or a loved one has suffered pain or anguish as result of wrong medication call the law office of National Choice Lawyers today. We have experience in getting the results you desire when it comes to personal injury. We offer an initial free consultation so you have nothing to lose, contact us today at 877-375-8424!

 

TWELVE LEADING CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN LOS ANGELES

How Car Accidents Happen

Car accidents are a serious problem in Los Angeles.  Hundreds of people in Los Angeles and Los Angeles County are killed every year in motor vehicle crashes.  Here are the most common causes of accidents:

  1. Driver Distraction: Distracted driving is quickly becoming the leading cause of car accidents. Texting, talking on the phone, reaching over to the passenger seat, or engaging in some other activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the road is extremely dangerous and can be deadly.
  2. Speed: Excessive speed limits a driver’s ability to react to the road conditions and the cars around them, and it also increases the damage that can occur in a crash.
  3. Drugs and Alcohol: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is very dangerous and can lead to catastrophic accidents. Victims are often seriously injured even though they are not responsible for the crash.
  4. Weather and Road Factors: Rain, wind, sleet, fog, and other conditions can impact the safety of motor vehicles on the road. Every driver has a responsibility to adjust their driving accordingly to account for weather and road factors.
  5. Failure to Obey Signs and Lights: Stop signs and traffic lights are important indicators of the rules of the road. Failing to stop at red lights and stop signs can cause serious accidents.
  6. Lane Changes:  Highway lane changes often cause accidents when drivers fail to signal or fail to check their blind spots, cutting off other drivers.
  7. Driver Inexperience:  Whether a newly licensed driver, an unlicensed driver, or a driver who is new to their vehicle or the road, inexperience can often cause serious accidents.
  8. Tailgating: Following too closely is a common cause of car accidents.  All drivers are responsible for maintaining control of their vehicles, which includes keeping safe distance from the car in front of them.
  9. Turning Accidents:  Making a turn, especially left hand turns into oncoming traffic, can be dangerous. Failure to cede the right of way is a common legal issue.
  10. Vehicle Defects: Driving with defective brakes, worn tires or faulty steering are common causes of accidents.
  11. Driver Fatigue: Being tired or falling asleep at the wheel can cause serious collisions, particularly head-on collisions and wrong-way collisions.
  12. Road Factors: Construction, potholes, or poor signage can also cause car accidents.

If you are the victim of a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

CAR RELATED DEATH STATISTICS IN LOS ANGELES

Deaths in Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, and Pedestrian Accidents

Motor vehicle fatalities are a sad reality of our world. With many negligent drivers on the road, and increasing car, bike, motorcycles, and pedestrian traffic, there are increasing risks for all modes of transportation.

The city of Los Angeles sees an average of roughly three hundred motor vehicle fatalities every year. This number may seem small compared to the large population in the city, but far too many individuals still lose their lives every year due to car accident fatalities. In Los Angeles County, the average number of fatalities from car accidents is roughly seven hundred and fifty individuals every year.

These numbers represent more than just traffic fatalities. They represent hundreds of families in Los Angeles that have to cope with the loss of a loved one due to a senseless accident that could have been prevented.

Driving a car or being a passenger in a car is not the only way to expose yourself to risk. The state of California’s Department of Transportation compiles yearly statistics on motor vehicle accidents with bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. According to the DOT, in the year 2012 there were 2,857 traffic fatalities in the State of California. Of those incidents, 435 were motorcycle accidents, and 612 were pedestrian fatalities. Both motorcycle fatalities and pedestrian fatalities have a much higher proportion of deaths compared to the relative number of overall motor vehicle accident incidents.

While any accident can have the potential to be deadly, ones involving high speed, motorcycles, alcohol or drugs, or pedestrians or bicyclists have a higher probability of resulting in a fatality. In instances where the accident was caused by negligence by a driver, the family members of the deceased person have a right to bring a Los Angeles wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver. If you lost your loved one in a car accident, call National Choice Lawyers today.

GM RECALLS 20 MILLION VEHICLES WORLDWIDE

Silverados and Yukons added to Growing List of Recalled Vehicles
In a year marked by many recalls of vehicles, General Motors has recently added another set to the growing list. In late March, the American auto manufacturer announced that it would be recalling its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, and its 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

The trucks and SUVs are being recalled due to a fire risk resulting from a transmission oil cooler line that has the potential to leak. General Motors is reporting that thus far, there have been three incidents reported but no injuries. Owners of the recalled vehicles are instructed to return to a General Motors dealership to have necessary repairs made to their vehicles.

The SUV recalls come on the heels of several other serious product liability concerns in recent months. Earlier this year, General Motors issued recalls for over 1.8 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that could turn off the vehicle during operation. When vehicles turn off while being operated, airbags often did not deploy in the ensuing crash, causing fatal accidents. The vehicles recalled include:
All 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada), 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky 2008 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice and G5; 2008-2010 Saturn Sky; 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.

Recently added to the recall list are the 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans equipped with a turbo 1.4-liter engine and manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014. The right front half shaft may fracture and separate while driving, potentially causing the vehicle to lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the car could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. The recall is currently the subject of congressional inquiries and personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

For a complete list of recalls visit the GM website. If you own any of these recalled vehicles you need to take action immediately. The risks of fire and crashes can be life-threatening. If you or someone you love was injured because of one of these safety hazards, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible about seeking compensation for your pain and suffering.

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