Medication Error Lawyers in Memphis
Fighting on Behalf of Medical Malpractice Victims since 1970
Whether it was for a headache or for something far more serious, we’ve all depended on pharmaceutical drugs for some purpose or another at some point in our lives. Doctors rely on drugs to treat patients, too. Patients, in turn, trust that doctors and other healthcare providers know what they’re doing when they prescribe or administer a drug.
What is sometimes forgotten by patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others is that modern medicines are not magic potions. They are, in fact, dangerous manufactured chemical combinations that can cause not only powerful, beneficial health effects, but also deadly overdoses or allergic reactions, as well.
The wrong drug. The wrong dosage. The wrong amount of time. The wrong patient. Any drug can be dangerous under any of these circumstances. If you are in the Memphis Tri-State Area and would like to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer about a medication error and the possibility of filing a lawsuit, contact Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC for a free consultation.
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Since 1970, attorneys at the law firm of Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC have been helping people recover the compensation they deserve for injuries and other losses caused by medical negligence. This nearly 50-year track record of success in Memphis personal injury lawsuits is no accident. It is the direct result of experience, consistent hard work, continuing education, state-of-the-art research methods, ethical conduct, and the total team effort we put into every case.
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Pharmacy Medication Errors
When we leave the pharmacy with a prescription, we assume that we’ve been given the right drug, the right dosage, and the right directions for taking it. More often than not, that assumption is correct. We go home. Our illness or condition improves. There are no adverse effects. All is well.
What you may not know is that pharmacies make a lot of mistakes. In fact, statistics suggest that pharmacy mistakes may account for nearly 100,000 deaths in the United States each year.
What Happened & Why?
Pharmacy-related medication mistakes happen for various reasons but are directly related to the fact that pharmacies are often understaffed. In some of the pharmacy cases we’ve handled, one pharmacist might be responsible for filling hundreds of prescriptions in a single shift while supervising two or three non-pharmacist assistants. This is just one recipe for disaster. Other causes include technology or communication errors, sound-alike or look-alike drugs, and improper instructions. Our medication error lawyers in Memphis can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence both legally and financially.
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Physician Medication Errors
We trust our doctors when they tell us we need to take a certain drug. The vast majority of the time, we’re rewarded for that trust with improved health. But what happens when a doctor makes a mistake?
It does happen. In fact, statistics tell us more than 1,000,000 are injured and more than 7,000 people die in the United States each year because of medication-related errors.
What Happened & Why?
Medication errors involving doctors can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, a nurse or medical assistant might misread a doctor’s handwriting and give a patient the wrong drug or the wrong amount of the right drug. In other cases, the doctor prescribes a drug that shouldn’t have been used, based on a given patient’s medical history or other drugs that the patient is already taking. In others, doctors have prescribed harmful medications on the basis of a wrong diagnosis. In each of these scenarios, serious or fatal consequences may result.
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Whether you come to see us in Memphis or we travel to meet with you in your home or at the hospital, the consultation is free — no strings attached. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. We have a second office located in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
We handle personal injury and wrongful death claims involving medication errors on a contingency basis. Our medication error lawyers in Memphis do not charge any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf.