When the negligence of a prescribing doctor, pharmacist, or nurse results in an adverse reaction to a drug that could cause serious injury or death, then it’s time to call a personal injury attorney who can help you seek legal recourse in order to receive compensation for damages.
Healthcare professionals are required to take certain steps in order to prevent patients from receiving the wrong dose or the wrong drug. When they fail to do this, you may be entitled to damages for the injuries you suffered.
What Are the Different Types of Medication Errors?
There are a few reasons for medication injuries. These are the most common.
If the doctor prescribes the wrong dose, or if the pharmacist makes a mistake when preparing an injection or an IV, then the patient can suffer from dangerous side effects. In extreme cases, it can lead to wrongful death.
Harmful Drug Interactions
Doctors must get sufficient background information from their patients in order to learn their existing allergies, current medications, and the overall state of their health. Doctors and pharmacists are also trained to identify potential drug interactions before prescribing or dispensing medication to a patient. Some medications have adverse side effects when taken together, or can even cause death. Healthcare professionals are expected to not prescribe or dispense medications that could have serious reactions to other medications for the state of the individual’s health.
When prescription medications get mixed up or are mislabeled, they may contain certain chemicals instead of the desired ones. Pharmacy is a very precise field based on evidence and knowledge of biochemistry, and healthcare professionals are entrusted with ensuring the right chemical mixtures get to their patients. When medications are misidentified, usage directions are wrong or the medication comes with insufficient warnings, then they can lead to suffering or even wrongful death.
Failing To Administer Dose At Proper Time
Medications that are prescribed but not administeredin a timely mannercan also affect a patient’s health. Even if the healthcare professional is administering a drug that is prescribed to the patient, administering it at the wrong time and result in too much of the medication in the patient system at one time. An example is insulin, which is prescribed to many patients who can use it for years without problems but can be dangerous when administered at the wrong time.
How A Medication Error Attorney Can Help You
When patients receive a medication that they’ve been described by a doctor, they assume that the drug will have its intended effect to cure or relieve whatever problem that necessitated the prescription. But some prescription drugs can put a person’s health at risk. Thus, negligent healthcare professionals are liable for damages related to a medication error. The types of damages that you may be entitled to if you have been injured by a medication error are:
- Lost wages
- Additional medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
One way you can help your case is by gathering the medical records that document your injuries. You will need to provide your attorney with any copies of the medical bills you have received.
You do not have to fight your case alone. If you have been injured, or if a loved one was killed by a major medication error, our compassionate attorneys at Casey Law Co., LPA will listen to you and will want to hear the details of your case.