The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that roughly 1.3 million people in the United States suffer injury or death because of medication errors annually. When health care providers make errors in administering or prescribing medication that causes harm to patients, they can be held liable for those injuries. Medication errors are a form of medical malpractice. While negligence is the root cause of most forms of medical malpractice, it’s important to understand a couple of key points.
It is important to remember that not every unfortunate result in a hospital is a case of medical malpractice. This area of law is complicated, and it’s vital you speak with our medical malpractice attorneys immediately so you can get a sense of the validity of your claim. Call 1-800-444-5309 now for a free consultation.
Common Types of Medication and Prescription Errors
Common medication errors can occur when:
- Improper packaging
- Illegible handwriting
- Patient mix ups
- Prescription mix ups
- Incorrect dosage
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Failure to obtain patient allergies
- Failure to recognize possible drug interactions
- Label/packaging mix ups
- Drug counseling and education failure
- Not having up-to-date warnings on drugs
- Incorrect storage of drugs
- Administering the wrong medication
Who Can be Held Liable for Medication Errors?
There are several individuals involved in prescribing and administering medication to a patient. Any of these individuals or organizations can be held accountable for the injuries that occur because of negligence. Some of the more common individuals or organizations that can be held liable are:
- Medical offices
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers
Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help
It’s crucial that you speak to the Pisanchyn Law Firm’s medical malpractice attorneys immediately after you’ve been hurt. Many people don’t even know they have a potential medical malpractice claim, and thus lose the opportunity to pursue justice for their injuries.
If you or a loved one have suffered or are suffering with injury and/or disability as a result of a medical negligence you could receive compensation for all that you have endured. Our PA medical malpractice attorneys want to help you gain some peace of mind after this devastating event. We will stop at nothing to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Please, call 1-800-444-5309 for your free consultation. We have offices in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and will travel to you.