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Medication Error Lawsuit Help

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of medication error malpractice. For example, our firm recently obtained a substantial settlement from surgeons who failed to prescribe a blood thinner despite the patient’s multiple risk factors for developing blood clots as a result of surgery.

What is a Medication Error?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “a medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or harm to a patient.”* Medication errors can occur in both hospital and outpatient settings. Healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists may be subject to a medication error lawsuit if they failed to follow the appropriate standard of care, and if their failure to do so resulted in both injury and damages for the patient.

Medication Error Causes and Medical Malpractice

There are many causes of medication errors and all are preventable. Drug name confusion, poor communication, misinterpreted or sloppy handwriting, improper drug labeling or instructions, poor medical knowledge, a lack of protocol or process, or failure to properly educate a patient can all result in fatal or harmful medication errors. Examples of medication errors include:

  • Prescribing, administering, or dispensing the wrong medication to a patient.
  • Failure to prescribe a needed medication in a timely manner.
  • Prescribing, administering, or dispensing the wrong dosage of a medication. Either too much, or too little of a medication can cause harm to the patient.
  • Incorrect dosing instructions, for example, the patient is instructed to take a medication too often, or too infrequently.
  • Administering a medication by the wrong route. For example, an oral drug given intravenously, or vice versa.
  • Administering a medication that is known to cause a harmful effect when given with another drug that has been prescribed for the patient. This harmful effect is referred to as a drug-drug interaction.
  • Prescribing a drug that is contraindicated for a particular patient.
  • Prescribing a drug to a patient with a known drug allergy.

How common are Medication Errors?

In its 1999 report, the Institute of Medicine estimated that about 7,000 people die from medication errors each year. According to its 2006 report “Preventing Medication Errors” the Institute of Medicine estimated that 1.5 million American are injured as a result of medication errors each year at a cost of $3.5 billion in lost productivity, wages, and medical expenses.

Compensation for Medication Error Malpractice Injuries

Medication error victims and their families may have the right to be compensated for past and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one due to a medication error, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship, guidance, and economic loss.

Contact The Weinberg Law Firm For A Free Medication Error Lawsuit Case Evaluation

For over 30 years, Attorney Eric Weinberg has represented the seriously injured with personal injury recoveries totaling over $800 million on behalf of the firm’s clients. Let us help you take the first steps towards seeking the compensation that you deserve.

If you or a family member has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, and you have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free medical malpractice lawsuit case evaluation from our firm by calling us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7. You can also contact our law firm online by using the easy-to-use case evaluation form found on this page.

* http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048644.htm, accessed 4/21/15.

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