Medicine is a wonderful tool that can help people with a variety of ailments, from something as simple as curing a headache to treating a life-threatening illness. Bottles of medication that we keep in our home have strict instructions regarding dosage levels. Of course, we can trust ourselves to take the appropriate amount of medicine when it is necessary. That being said, sometimes, we have to trust the doctors and nurses that treat us to properly administer medicine. Unfortunately, medical professionals sometimes fail to properly administer medicine, which can result in very serious consequences for the victim.
Some of the most common medication errors that our firm has seen include the following:
- Incorrect prescription
- Improper dosage of medication
- Failure to assess a patient’s medical history before administering medication
- Failure to consider any medication a patient is currently on
- Mixing up one patient’s medication with another
- A nurse’s failure to follow orders from a doctor
Of course, there are a number of different reasons that a medication error may occur. That being said, if you or a loved one has suffered because of a medical professional’s negligence, it is important to take your legal options into consideration. In fact, you may be eligible to recover significant compensation for the burdens that you have faced as a result of the malpractice. Financial damages that you may be eligible to recover can include the cost of medical expenses, lost wages due to time out of work, and the need to hire an in-home aide. Non-financial damages may include emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
If you are the victim of a medication error or any other type of medical negligence, please contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Friedman Schuman to learn how we can help.
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