Medical Problems That Result in Wrongful Death
Medication errors and defective medical products result in deaths every single day in the United States. Mishaps occur for many reasons, ranging from prescribing and packaging errors to administration and dispensing mistakes. Some medicines have fatal side effects; some procedures are unnecessary. Unbelievably, a 2009 death statistics analysis revealed that more people died as a result of drugs than from car accidents. Sadly, prescription drugs and medical products are responsible for more deaths than illegal drugs.
If a loved one has suffered death due to a medical product, procedure, or medicine, you want a good attorney fighting on your behalf.
Who are the Victims of Prescription Drug Fatalities?
Fatalities are on the rise among young adults, as well as among individuals aged 50-69.
Legal Actions Against Drug Companies
You might think that big pharmaceutical companies are too powerful to take on in a court of law, but you’d be wrong. These companies have been found culpable over and over again when their products are associated with serious injuries and death.
- Merck: Vioxx was withdrawn from the market after thousands of deaths occurred related to usage. Merck has suffered more than five and one-half billion dollars in judgments and fines related to dangerous drugs.
- Baxter: After contamination of ingredients in a blood-thinner medication, Baxter paid $625,000 to the estate of Steven Johansen.
- Pfizer: After serious complications and death related to Celebrex and Bextra, Pfizer forked over $894 million in civil and criminal penalties.
- Shire Pharmaceuticals: Civil allegations related to the False Claims Act resulted in a $56.5 million payout related to inaccurate information related to medicines for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals: After connections between bladder cancer and the Type 2 diabetes medicine Actos, Takeda paid $2.37 billion to plaintiffs.
- Johnson & Johnson: A link between baby powder and ovarian cancer for patient Deborah Giannecchini resulted in a $70 million award.
When Medicine Results in More Harm than Good
The statistics tell the story. Over 2 million people have adverse reactions to medications while in the hospital. Twenty million unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for viral infections (for which antibiotics are ineffective) annually; 7.5 million surgical and/or medical procedures are performed unnecessarily every year. Most alarming, nearly 800,000 deaths occur due to conventional medicine every year. What are the primary causes of these deaths?
- Drug reactions: 106,000
- Medical errors: 98,000
- Bedsores: 115,000
- Infections: 88,000
- Unnecessary procedures: 37,000
- Other: 340,000
Florida’s Wrongful Death Act
In Florida, medical expenses and future earnings and are on the table in a wrongful death suit. In addition, depending on your relationship to the deceased, you may recover the value of lost services, as well as awards for mental pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
The complexities of the law surrounding wrongful death can be mind-boggling. Our experienced team at Scoma Law Firm in Clermont knows how to investigate and pursue these types of cases. We will provide personalized, yet aggressive work on your behalf. Contact us today for a confidential, no-cost consultation.