Injuries and Fatalities Caused by Medication Errors
Thanks to advances in pharmacology, more and more medical conditions can be treated effectively with prescription medications. Because of our increasing reliance on pharmaceuticals, however, more people are at risk of injury from medication errors.
Prescription drugs can ease pain and treat disease. But if the wrong drug or the wrong dosage is administered, the same powerful medicine that can save lives can cause serious injuries and deaths.
The attorneys at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC, represent people who have sustained life-altering injuries because of medication errors by doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers. We also represent the estates of those who died because of prescription errors, dosage mistakes, failure to monitor patients, nerve damage and paralysis from injections and other types of medication-related errors.
Protecting Patient Safety
Our work has helped injury victims and their families obtain fair compensation for damages caused by negligence. We are equally proud of the fact that our work has helped advance patient safety for people throughout Connecticut.
A case involving the administration of the drug Pitocin to pregnant women is a good illustration of how personal injury lawsuits can lead to positive social change. Pitocin, a drug used to start and speed up contractions, was once administered in two ways: through direct injection into muscle tissue or intravenously.
The problem with direct injection of Pitocin was that, once the injection was given, there was no way to regulate the drug's effect. It's an all-or-nothing approach. Administering Pitocin intravenously allows doctors to observe the patient's reaction and control the dosage.
A Case That Changed Medical Standards
We represented a woman who was injected with Pitocin. The drug brought on contractions so intense that the baby died. We won compensation for our client and, because of that case, Pitocin can no longer be administered by injection to pregnant women in Connecticut.
In addition to representing clients injured by medication errors, we represent people who were harmed by dangerous or defective drugs.
If you or a member of your family was seriously harmed because of a medication error, please contact our law firm to arrange a free initial consultation. From offices in Bridgeport, Danbury and New Haven, Connecticut, our medical malpractice lawyers represent clients throughout the state.