Medication Errors Lawsuit Lawyer
One of the most common types of medical malpractice is medication error. The wrong medication or dosage can cause extreme harm or death to a patient, yet it happens frequently. These errors occur at all levels of medical care, from hospitals and nursing homes to family clinics and pharmacies. The outcome can be devastating for the patient and their families, causing serious illness or even death.
Types of Medication Errors
The medications available for treating all types of illnesses can be life-saving. Many people depend on medications to combat disease and illness, and rely on medical professionals to ensure they receive the right type and dosage. Medical facilities have strict protocols to monitor medications prescribed to patients, but errors still occur on a consistent basis. These errors include:
- Medication given to wrong patient
- Wrong pills/medication distributed at a pharmacy
- Wrong dosage given, prescribed or filled
- Wrong medication prescribed
There are safety protocols that should be followed to ensure the right patient receives the right medication. In hospitals, nurses and doctors should be following procedures to ensure that patients are receiving the correct medications. Pharmacy personnel should be ensuring the right type and dosage of medications are filled with the correct labels. One error could result in a patient receiving a medication that could be deadly, or not receiving a medication they need for their health.
When a medication error occurs, it is always preventable. It is considered a “never event,” which means it should never occur. Yet millions of medication errors are thought to be made every year. Some may not cause any severe harm before they are fixed, but others can result in serious injuries.
If you believe you or a loved one were seriously injured due to a medication error made at a hospital, nursing home, pharmacy or clinic, contact our team at Race Law Firm today. We will assess your case and advise you on your legal options. You may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries in a medical malpractice claim.