Medication errors can cause serious harm to victims and are a type of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice legal resources are available to victims of any type of medical malpractice, including medication errors, and are a remedy victims of medical malpractice should be familiar with to help them with their damages suffered as a result of a medication error.
Medication errors can occur in a variety of different ways. Medication errors can take place when the wrong dosage of a medication is given; when the patient’s current medications and medical history are not properly taken into account; when drug combinations and dosages are not properly monitored; when the patient experiences an allergic reaction; when medication and medicine pumps are improperly labeled; when a prescription is written so that it is illegible; of there is a miscommunication between health care professionals.
A medical care provider, such as a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, may be liable for the harm caused to a victim of a medication error. Victims can be harmed if they do not receive the correct dosage of the correct medication, either receiving too little or too much, or if they do not receive the medication that they should be receiving for their medical condition because of a medication error. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.
Being the victim of a medication error, as is true of any medical malpractice, can be emotionally and physically traumatizing. As a result, victims of medication errors and other medical negligence should be familiar with the legal resources to help them recover compensation for their damages.