Medication errors are a type of medical mistake that can occur in a variety of settings and scenarios. There are multiple medical professionals who can be involved in the prescription and administration of medicine. These errors can be dangerous and even deadly and may be linked to medical negligence in many cases.
If you believe you’ve been affected by a medication error, consult an attorney who handles medical malpractice cases to help determine the best course of action to obtain compensation from the responsible party.
Types of Medication Errors Patients Might Suffer
Medication errors can occur in multiple ways. Some common examples of these errors include the following.
- Wrong medication: This occurs when a physician prescribes the wrong drug, when a healthcare professional administers the wrong medication or a pharmacist provides the wrong drug.
- Wrong dosage: The incorrect dosage of a medication can result in overdose (too much medicine) or ineffectiveness (too little medicine). This type of error can be caused by physician mistakes, careless handwriting on a prescription slip or other errors.
- Allergic reactions: If a physician overlooks a known allergy in the patient’s medical history, he or she may prescribe a drug that causes an allergic reaction. This can be a very dangerous mistake that can cause a medical emergency or death.
- Mislabeling: When a pharmacist mislabels a drug container by either labeling it with the incorrect drug name or dosage information, the mix-up can cause serious complications.
- Drug combinations: Sometimes a physician will prescribe a drug that may interact with another drug that the patient already takes. Careful review of a patient’s medical history should eliminate this occurrence, but these types of medication errors still occur.
- Poor risk warnings: Mislabeling, manufacturer negligence or physician inattention can all lead to failure to inform the patient of potential medication side effects or health risks.
The effects of these mistakes can vary, depending on the type of error, the patient’s health and other factors. In any case, patients should seek medical care for any side effects or complications that result.
Parties Responsible for Medication Errors
These errors can be a form of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional acts negligently or incompetently. In the case of medication errors, responsible parties can include pharmacists, physicians, nurses, hospitals, medical centers or drug manufacturers.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice in the form of medication error, you may be entitled to compensation from parties involved in the prescription or administration of your medicine. Consult an attorney knowledgeable of medical malpractice and medicine errors to explore your options for seeking reimbursement for damages.
Filing Your Medical Malpractice Claim for Medication Mistakes
Medical malpractice cases require proof of negligence on the part of the professional responsible for your care. To build a medical malpractice case, you must be able to document your losses properly and link your injury or illness to the actions of the responsible party.
Additional medical bills that resulted from the medication error as well as proof of lost wages and/or pain and suffering can establish your damages. You also will need to prove that the level of care you received was substandard in comparison to the level of care that another reasonable professional would have provided.
Cordisco & Saile LLC can help gather the necessary documentation to support your medication errors case. We will act a liaison and advocate for you throughout the legal process. Call us today at 215-642-2335 or use our online contact form to set up your free consultation with our firm.