A medication error can have dangerous, or even deadly consequences. If you or a loved one are a victim of a medication error, speak with our trial lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP. We have the skill and knowledge to explore all opportunities for compensation.
Medication errors occur in the USA at an alarming rate. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) reports that an estimated 7000 deaths occur every year as a direct result of a medication error. These errors can include the following:
A medication error can lead to serious consequence, including:
Medication errors cause unnecessary health risks and even larger financial burdens due to the negligence of other parties – and in such cases, patients have a right to pursue compensation for their damages.
A medication error could occur as a result of acts of negligence by:
Medication errors can occur due to something as simple as an inability to read a doctor’s handwriting with a wrong dosage either prescribed or administered. Additionally, if your doctor is distracted, rushed, or fails to investigate your medical history, he or she is more likely to make an error in prescribing medication.
Ultimately, proving that these actions displayed gross negligence is the key to receiving compensation for any medication errors.
Determining negligence in a medical professional’s actions comes down to a duty of care. This duty is the responsibility to treat a patient correctly, with the accepted standard of care: what another, equally trained medical professional, would do under similar circumstances.
When prescribing or administering medications, the healthcare professional must be aware of the patient’s medical history with regard to allergies, as well as drug interactions that could pose a health risk. When the duty of care is breached, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice case to seek to recover compensation. Simply a medication error is not sufficient to file a claim – the patient must have suffered harm as a result of the error.
In any of these cases, young children or the elderly are most often put at risk. Because their immune systems are weaker, they are more often put at risk by a medication error.
Whether the dosage is too high or too low or the wrong medication is prescribed, a medication error can lead to serious medical problems and conditions. A highly experienced, qualified lawyer is recommended to help you navigate the legal process and ensure you’re building a strong case for compensation.
If you or someone you love has been harmed and suffered serious health problems due to a medication error, schedule a consultation with Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP today. Your initial consultation is free, and we operate on a contingency fee basis – you don’t pay any fees unless we win.