Most medical professionals do a wonderful job treating patients and providing thorough follow-up care. Unfortunately, sometimes the wrong medication or dosage may be prescribed due to negligence.
Medication errors can occur in a doctor's office, hospital or pharmacy and can take many forms. The injuries can be minor or severe. Studies done in 2006, concluded that approximately 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured or killed each year because of incorrectly dispensing, prescribing or ingesting medications. Other reports indicate a majority (55 percent) of fatal hospital medication errors reported involved seniors. Unfortunately, some of the medication errors are a result of medical negligence.
If you have been the victim of a medication error which was caused by a nurse, doctor or pharmacist a medication error attorney familiar with malpractice law can help answer questions about your erroneous medication case.
A Few Common Medication Errors and Mistakes
Getting the Wrong Medication - One of the most common medication errors is getting the wrong drug medication. In people who were put in the hospital because they had taken the wrong drug or dose of a drug, corticosteroids were the most frequent causes of injuries or side effects. Corticosteroids are drugs used to treat things like ulcerative colitis, arthritis or asthma. Other wrong drug medications included cancer drugs, blood pressure and heart drugs, blood thinners and pain relievers.
Being Prescribed the Wrong Dosage - There are times when you have the right medication prescribed for you, but you are prescribed the wrong dosage. If the dosage prescribed is too high, it may result in serious health problems, such as injury or even death. When the dosage that is prescribed is too low, it will not help resolve your condition or disorder.
Kids and Medication Mistakes - Medication errors that happen to kids may result in more serious consequences than when they occur with adults. This is because children are physically small. The immune system, liver and kidneys of a kid are still in the process of developing. Also, the condition of kids will deteriorate faster than that of adults, if things start to go bad.
How to file a Medication Error Lawsuit
If you have suffered injury or a loved one has died the most common method to seek compensation for medical negligence is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. In order to file a medical malpractice lawsuit you must prove that the healthcare provider failed to perform up to their required "standard of care". If you can prove negligence, injury and resulting damages from your injuries you may have a medical malpractice case.
If the doctor, nurse or hospital is found legally liable for your injuries you may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills and resulting pain and suffering. If a death has occurred additional compensation may be awarded.
To file a medical malpractice lawsuit you must also be with in the statute of limitations for your state. This is often with in 2 to 3 years of the date of the medical malpractice but deadlines vary from state to state. A medication error attorney familiar with medical malpractice law can be a valuable resource to answer questions regarding the validity of your claim and determine the time frame to file your medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medication Error Attorneys
Doctors and other medical professionals have a responsibility to make sure that medications are prescribed and administered with out error. This includes ensuring there are not harmful drug interactions or other prescription errors.
A medical malpractice case can be complicated. A medication error attorney can help prepare documents, present eye witness statements and help determine if negligence caused a medication error. If you have any questions about your injuries or prescription errors fill out a questionnaire for a FREE CONSULTATION with a medication malpractice lawyer.