Have you or a loved one experienced a serious injury as a result of a medication error?
When we think of medical malpractice, our minds often go to those victims who may have been injured during surgery or during a stay at the hospital. Unfortunately, thousands of patients die each year in the United States as a result of a medication error.
What is a Medication Error?
After suffering an injury as a result of a medical professional’s medication error, you may be wondering how this could happen. Medication errors can be caused by a number of factors. Unfortunately most instances of medication errors could have been avoided had a medical professional in charge of your medication or prescription used proper care.
Here are some common causes of medication errors that can result from a medical professional’s negligence:
- Misread Dosage. The medical professional filling a prescription or administering a dosage sometimes prescribes too much or too little medication. (for example, instead of .1 mg of a drug given, it is misread as 1.0 mg.)
- Ignored Medical History. When a patient’s medical history is ignored, they can suffer severe injury if allergic to the prescribed drug. It can also be combined with medications that make for a deadly combination.
- Improper Monitoring of Patient. If a drug with potentially dangerous side effects is prescribed or administered, careful monitoring is often necessary. Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death for a patient.
When an individual is harmed by a medication, it is grounds for a valid lawsuit only if the injury or illness from the medication error is a result of a medical professional’s negligence.
Any time a prescription is written, numerous medical professionals must perform mandatory and crucial tasks before the prescription is filled and given to the patient. An error by any of the individuals who have to handle a prescription can cause a disastrous outcome for the patient.
How We Can Help You
If you or a loved one were seriously injured when a medical professional was negligent and commits a medication error, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. We’d like to assist you with your case by offering you a free consultation to determine whether or not you have a case and are able to receive compensation for your loss.
We understand the emotional and financial hardships placed on a family following the unexpected death of a loved one. We realize we cannot help ease the emotional pain caused by a loved one’s death. We can, however, be committed to pursuing maximum compensation to help ease the financial burden created by this loss.