Wrong Medication Malpractice

One million medication errors occur in the United States each year. Of these, 20 percent threaten the life of the patient. Thirty percent of these errors happen when a drug is prescribed, 12 percent when a prescription is transcribed at the pharmacy, 11 percent when a prescription is filled at the pharmacy, and 39 percent when the drugs are administered in a hospital or nursing home. These medication errors can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit and you could be entitled to recover thousands of dollars for the damages you have suffered as a result of this medication error.

When used correctly, prescription medications allow us to manage or cure many illnesses. We depend on drugs to provide us comfort and to address the symptoms of the illnesses we suffer. If properly prescribed and administered, they usually do. When prescribed or used incorrectly, many of these medications can be dangerous. If the drug is improperly prescribed, or if the drug is defective, the results may be catastrophic, or even fatal and require the help of a Chicago medical malpractice attorney.

Doctors, nurses, hospitals and their health care professionals should be held accountable when their medication errors and mistakes put the lives of others at risk. I am Attorney Dan Newlin, Former Police Detective. I have recovered over 200 million dollars for injury and accident victims and will fight for you!!! I would be honored to be given the opportunity to fight for you. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a Doctors, nurses or pharmacist medication error call me today at 312-888-8000 for a free consultation.

Unfortunately, hospital are business and alike any other business their primary concern is their bottom line. The need to save money and maximize profits have decreased the number of hospital staff available to treat patients, with many employees overworked and less attentive to their duties. There is a clear link between the staffing levels in hospitals and wrongful administration of drugs. Distracted employees lead to dangerous slip-ups, such as inaccurate and harmful medication distribution. Also, if one patient’s medication is mistaken for another, both are at risk of serious ramifications. Occurrences of this type are often mistakes due to unqualified or overworked employees.

Before prescribing a medication, a doctor must thoroughly understand the patient’s condition as well as any other medications the patient might be taking, to avoid complications or dangerous drug interactions. A physician is duty-bound to fully advise the patient of any drug risks, so that the patient or the patient’s representative can make an informed decision about taking the medication.
If the doctor fails in his or her duty to relay a drug manufacturer’s warning to a patient, responsibility for illness or injury lies with the physician – not the drug manufacturer. A doctor is also liable for prescribing the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, a medication that cannot be mixed with a patient’s other medications, or a medication to which the patient is allergic.

Medical malpractice cases also can be brought against pharmacists who read a doctor’s instructions incorrectly, dispense the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, provide the wrong instructions to the patient, or mix medications that cannot be mixed. This is much more likely to happen when a patient uses more than one pharmacy to fill prescriptions.

Nurses and hospitals can be liable when the wrong medication or the wrong amount of a medication is dispensed to a patient.

Physicians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers must abide by a standard of care that includes proper care and warning patients of known risks. When they fail to do so, they commit malpractice. A person who has been injured by a prescribed medication can sue. Damages may include past and future medical expenses as well as past and future medical care required to treat the long-term effects of the harmful medicine. Victims can also collect for lost earnings, loss of the enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. If the patient dies, relatives can pursue a wrongful death claim.

Possible warning signs of overmedication and wrongful medication administration include drastic change in mood or behavior, unexplained weight loss or gain, evidence of confusion or memory loss, and unusual physical symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms immediately request a complete list of all medications and dosages you or loved one have been prescribed and the log of drugs administered. If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of medication negligence, overmedication or wrongful medication call me today at 312-888-8000 as me or one of my attorneys will be happy to meet with your 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


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