Medication errors are one of the most common forms of medical negligence and put thousands of patients’ lives at risk every year. When medical personnel prescribes the wrong dosage of a medication or administers the incorrect medication to you or a loved one resulting in illness, injury or death, you may be eligible to pursue a claim for any damages sustained.
Whenever medication is prescribed or administered to patients, it is the responsibility of the doctors and other medical providers to take all necessary precautions to avoid causing harm. At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys have secured millions in settlements and verdicts for patients who were wrongfully injured by medication errors. Working with the top medical professionals, we know which standard policies doctors and nurses should be following when it comes to medications/prescriptions and will fight for the compensation you deserve for the quality of care you did not receive.
What Are Medication/Prescription Errors
Pharmaceutical drugs are powerful substances capable of sparking many adverse reactions when misused. Patients are most susceptible to injury when medical professionals make mistakes such as:
- Providing the wrong medication
- Administering the wrong dosage
- Forgetting to administer medication
- Neglecting to prescribe a medication
- Administering medication to the wrong patient
- Administering a drug incorrectly
- Failing to account for the allergic reactions
- Prescribing a harmful combination of medications
Any of these mistakes can cause catastrophic losses to a patient’s health, including wrongful death. If you or a loved one suspects you may have been a victim of such medication errors while under the care of a doctor, hospital, or medical center, call an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately for the best possible result in proving medication negligence for your case.
Types of Medication Errors
Hospital policies and procedures are created to 1) help reduce medical mistakes in care, and 2) protect the health of patients. When these protocols are neglected or forgotten, it is the patient and their family who suffer the consequences. Very few medication errors are intentional, but that does not excuse the life-altering harm they can cause. There are several types of medication errors that put patients at risk:
- Knowledge-Based Errors– when medical professionals are not fully informed about the drug they are prescribing or administering, or they are not informed about the patient they are giving the medication too.
- Rule-Based Errors– when rules and procedures are not adequately followed in administering, dispensing or prescribing medication.
- Action-Based Errors– mistakes such as picking up the wrong bottle of medication, slipping when administering medication or misreading correctly prescribed medication labels and scripts.
- Memory-Based Errors– lapses in judgment such as forgetting an allergy, forgetting to record last medication given, or forgetting a specific regimen of medication the patient requires.
All of these types of errors should have specific protocols set in place to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Our team will thoroughly investigate the injury or illness caused by the medication error to determine what type of protocols may not have been followed and what should have been done to protect you or your loved one from unnecessary harm.
How To Prove Fault in Medication Error Claims
Medications affect every patient differently. In some cases, the side effects of a drug can be completely unpredictable. Because these circumstances do occur, proving medical negligence when it comes to medication errors can be complicated, but not impossible.
To file a successful medication error claim, the following information must be proven:
- Failure to provide quality care: To prove a medication error was made, you must be able to prove that the doctor, pharmacist, anesthesiologist or other health care professional failed to provide a quality level of care. This means showing that if the health care professional did not follow protocols or use all of the knowledge they possessed as a skilled medical professional, you would not have become injured or ill.
- Actual cause of harm: This means proving that the act of a health care professional prescribing, administering, or filling medications inaccurately or negligently was a cause of injury or illnesses you suffered.
Medication error claims are complex and require a great deal of skill to secure a favorable outcome. For over 30 years, our team at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro has been successfully representing victims of medication errors both through litigation and in trial. We provide the care and support our clients deserve after enduring unnecessary pain and suffering from medical negligence and compile a comprehensive case to include all financial damages sustained from the preventable medical mistake.
Let Us Advocate For Your Health
The physical, emotional and financial losses experienced after a medication error can be traumatic and expensive. Let our winning team provide you with exceptional representation you deserve and allow us to stand up for your rights against the health care professionals and institutions that caused you harm. Contact the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro today for a free consultation to review your case and explore your options for seeking justice against medical negligence.