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Wrong Medication Malpractice Lawsuits

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!

 

WHY XARELTO LAWSUITS ARE BEING FILED

National Choice Lawyers Explain Xarelto Injury Cases
When the public uses or consumes a product, whether it is a car, household good, or food item, they have a right to file a claim against the manufacturer if the product is defective and causes injury or illness. With prescription drugs, many consumers believe that the products they are using have been tested thoroughly and approved by the FDA, so they are safe for consumption. However, this isn’t always the case. Every year, countless Americans are injured by defective pharmaceutical drugs. Some drugs are so dangerous that the injuries and illnesses they cause can be fatal. Here at National Choice Lawyers, our offices assist patients who suffer serious side effects from a dangerous drug. One of the most recent dangerous drugs to come under fire from consumer watch groups is the anticoagulant drug Xarelto.

What is Xarelto For? How Was it Marketed?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant drug, otherwise known as a blood thinner. Xarelto is prescribed to men and women who are at a risk of a complication from blood clots, such as a pulmonary embolism or stroke. Xarelto is similar to drugs like Warfarin and Coumadin, but it is a relatively new drug on the market that was developed to limit the amount of blood testing that is otherwise needed with traditional blood thinner drugs. However, Xarelto has dangerous and potentially deadly side effects that do not usually occur with traditional anticoagulants, namely severe bleeding.

Why is Xarelto Dangerous?
Xarelto has a different formula than other anticoagulants. This formula prevents the blood thinning medicine from being affected from diet, particularly Vitamin K. While this seems convenient at first, it has deadly consequences. When a bleeding event occurs, such as an external cut or internal hemorrhage, the blood will not clot to stop the bleeding, and the effects of the anticoagulant have no antidote. This means that doctors cannot administer Vitamin K, or anything else for that matter, to help the patient’s blood clot to stop the severe bleeding. The results can be fatal. If you or a loved one suffered a bleeding event after using Xarelto and the physicians had difficulty stopping the bleeding, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. The attorneys with National Choice Lawyers can help.

How to File a Xarelto Lawsuit
If you or someone you love have suffered serious bleeding or another type of injury after using Xarelto, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You have a limit on the amount of time that can elapse between your injury and the time you file your claim. You may wish to participate in a class action lawsuit, or file a separate lawsuit against the makers of Xarelto. Call National Choice Lawyers today to speak with us about the facts of your case and the legal options that are available to you. Get compensation for your Xarelto injury with National Choice Lawyers on your side.

National Choice Lawyers Now Accepting Xarelto Cases

We often trust the manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs to make a product that is safe for human consumption and that treats the condition it is being prescribed for. However, there are many times when a product is already on the market when doctors and researchers begin to discover dangerous and deadly side effects. Xarelto is one of those cases. If you or someone you love were harmed when taking Xarelto, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible about filing a products liability lawsuit to compensate you for the injuries you sustained as a result of this dangerous drug. In some cases, the side effects of Xarelto can be so severe that they result in death. If your loved one died and you suspect their death was related to Xarelto, call National Choice Lawyers today.

What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a member of a class of drugs called blood thinners or anticoagulants. Blood thinners are often prescribed to patients who are at risk of blood clot or stroke, either due to atrial fibrillation, DVT, impending surgery, or some other condition. Anti-coagulants work by preventing blood from clotting, which is helpful when trying to reduce the risk of blood clots, which can cause serious and fatal strokes. However, Xarelto is different from other types of blood thinners. Xarelto was marketed to consumers as a new type of blood thinner, one that was more convenient than traditional blood thinners Warfarin, Coumadin and Pardaxa. However, Xarelto has dangerous side effects that its predecessors do not.

What are the Side Effects of Xarelto?
Side effects of Xarelto include pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and hemoglobin issues. However, one of the most common and most dangerous side effects of Xarelto is bleeding. When blood is treated with a blood thinner to prevent coagulation, it is very difficult to stop bleeding. What would normally be a treatable and minor instance of internal bleeding can be fatal when someone is on a blood thinner. The difference with Xarelto is that there is no antidote that can promote clotting. In traditional bloodthinners like Coumadin and Warfarin, doctors could promote clotting, which would stop the bleeding in the patient. However, Xarelto is different in its chemical makeup and does not respond to any medically available treatment that can curb bleeding in the patient. Severe blood loss, internal bleeding, and hemorrhaging can be fatal to the patient.

Call a Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one suffered any of the above-described conditions while taking Xarelto, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim, and if you miss the deadline, you will lose your ability to seek compensation for your injuries. Call National Choice Lawyers today to speak with an experienced attorney about how you can get the compensation you deserve in your Xarelto lawsuit. Our firm is always available to help you get the legal representation you need to succeed in your Xarelto case.

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.

Q&A: BOAT AND WATERCRAFT INJURIES IN LOS ANGELES

Q: What happens if I am injured on a boat or watercraft? Can I still bring a personal injury lawsuit?

Many people think the laws that apply to car accidents also apply to boating accidents. However, that is not the case.  Boat and watercraft accidents that occur on a major waterway or in the ocean are subject to maritime law, an entirely separate body of law.  Determining what laws apply to your case can have a major impact on your lawsuit.  They affect timelines to file your claim, amounts of damages you can claim, where to file your suit, and how to determine fault in your case.  The process of figuring out which laws apply to your suit is referred to as determining its jurisdiction.

You can still bring a personal injury lawsuit, but you will need an attorney who knows this area of law and how to handle complex issues involving questions of jurisdiction.   This can often be frustrating to a person who simply wants to file their claim and get compensation as soon as possible.  Another key issue in a boat or watercraft accident case will be insurance. In California, unlike automobile insurance, there is no law requiring boaters to carry insurance. If the boat you were on did not have the insurance or did not have adequate insurance to compensate for your injuries, you may need to seek alternative sources of compensation.

Boat accidents can be every bit as serious as car accidents.  Just because you are surrounded by water does not mean that you are not exposed to serious crashes, slip and falls, and explosions.  However, the mere fact that you are on the water at the time of your accident will mean that you have a much more complicated case ahead of you.  If you were injured in a boat or watercraft accident, call National Choice Lawyers today to speak to our attorneys about filing a claim.

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.

Q&A: ALL ABOUT LOS ANGELES WRONGFUL DEATH ACTIONS

What’s a wrongful death lawsuit? How does it work?

Everyone knows about personal injury lawsuits.  We all see the TV ads and the billboards.  But when an accident causes fatal injuries, you are no longer talking about an injury case.  Now, it has become a wrongful death action.  Wrongful death actions didn’t always exist in the legal system.  In the early development of the law, if someone were killed, there would be no injury to compensate them for since there would be no plaintiff in the action.  However, this was fundamentally unfair, and it didn’t bring to justice the negligent individuals or companies who caused the death.  Therefore, wrongful death actions were created so that the family of the deceased victim could bring an action in tort law.

When you bring a wrongful death action, someone will be selected as a representative to stand in the shoes of the injured victim.  The selection of the family member or representative can be a complicated legal issue.  Depending on what family members are available, it could be a spouse, child, parent, or an appointed representative of the estate.

In these cases, the damages will also be different than a normal personal injury action.  You will not be compensating the family for medical bills that were not accrued, or for years of pain and suffering that the deceased did not live to experience.  However, the family can be compensated for funeral costs, lost earnings that would have supported the family had the deceased person been alive, and, in some cases, for loss of consortium (A legal term describing the loss of support and affection of the deceased due to a wrongful death).

Wrongful death actions in Los Angeles have strict time guidelines.  In some personal injury cases, the victim may be unaware of their injury for a period of time, until the symptoms manifest themselves.  However, in wrongful death, the family is on notice at the time of death that there was an accident.  Therefore, the time for the statute of limitations usually runs from the date of death, and if you do not file your claim within the statutory period, you will lose your legal rights to bring a wrongful death action. Wrongful death limitations for deaths caused by medical malpractice may be shorter.

If you have any questions about Los Angeles wrongful death cases, call National Choice Lawyers today to schedule a consultation.

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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