Although medication errors of all kinds pose a potential danger to patients, there are certainly varying degrees of risk that correspond to the severity of the injury or disease being treated and the medication being used. For example, a medication error for a minor cold probably would not be particularly consequential, whereas a medication error for someone who has contracted the HIV virus could be potentially life threatening. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert medication error attorney at 617-787-3700.
One area where medication errors may be especially harmful is in the administration of chemotherapy to treat various types of cancers. Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy likely cannot afford to be subjected to any type of medical error, as the severity of the disease is of the highest degree. A recent study has shown that chemotherapy errors occur in every one to four out of one thousand orders, which affects roughly 3% of adult and pediatric oncology patients. The research looked at data going back to 1980 all the way up to 2017, mainly drawing from single-institution university hospitals.
Despite the fact that chemotherapy errors are less common than medication errors in general, there is a growing risk associated with oral chemotherapy, in which the patient receives cancer-fighting medicine in the form of a pill. The study also emphasized the need for further research in this field to better understand, and ultimately avoid, more errors related to the administration of chemotherapy.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a medication error, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert medication error attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Massachusetts injury attorney professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!