Patient safety is the top priority for health centers. However, many health care providers do not have the necessary knowledge or experience to offer a high level of care and end up causing severe harm to patients. Even though human beings make mistakes, a doctor should avoid them at all costs to harm people.
If you had a medical consultation or surgery and your health professional prescribed a medication that damaged your health (or that of a loved one), you could file a claim and obtain justice. Medical errors can be devastating, and unfortunately, they are one of the most common medical malpractice cases. Our Annapolis medication errors attorneys can help, however.
What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Medication Errors?
When a healthcare professional makes a mistake with a patient’s medication, the consequences may vary. Sometimes they may not be incredibly harmful to the victim, but others can cause death. A doctor should be cautious when diagnosing and prescribing medicine, resulting in serious problems that could affect lives.
Some of the most common medication errors we see in our practice include:
- Missed dosage: When health providers, especially nurses who care for disabled people, omit a medication dose or confuse the type of administration, the patient could be seriously harmed.
- Incorrect dosage: Doctors or nurses sometimes fail to provide the correct dosage a patient should receive for their condition. In these situations, the dosage could be higher or lower. In either case, if the correct dosage is not prescribed, the patient’s health could worsen.
- Wrong or mixed medications: Lack of knowledge and research on the part of healthcare providers could cause drugs to generate lethal interactions for the patient. Also, before prescribing a medication, the doctor needs to review the patient’s medication history to avoid making mistakes. If the patient has allergies, the medicine would contraindicate with another drug, or it would not be appropriate for their age. This could cause severe consequences.
- Preparation error: Pharmacists must have enough knowledge to prepare the medicines for the patients’ prescriptions. A slight mistake in the dosage of the drug or the preparation process could cause health problems in the patient.
- Wrong patient: This error usually happens due to the lack of organization of the doctor or the health center. Prescribing a drug to the wrong person could affect the lives of multiple patients simultaneously, resulting in dire consequences for everyone involved.
Health professionals can make mistakes and affect the lives of their patients in many ways. However, a medication error is usually due to negligence. If you or a loved one suffered due to the negligence of a health care provider, contact Brown & Barron to get started on your case.
Get in touch with a medication errors lawyer serving Annapolis, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
How Long do You Have To File a Medication Error Claim?
In Maryland you typically have three years after the event that caused damage to file a claim. However, it would be best if you acted quickly, as the circumstances of your case could vary. Time is an essential factor when obtaining justice.
Ideally, a victim of medical malpractice would retain a medication error attorney as soon as possible to review everything about the case. If the lawyer identifies an opportunity to obtain monetary compensation, they will do everything possible to get the justice you deserve.
At Brown & Barron, we can provide you with a free initial consultation. We know how complicated it is to deal with the terrible consequences medical malpractice causes. This is why we offer our services, so you can focus solely on yourself and your family while our medication error attorneys handle the entire process of your case.
Why do Medication Errors Occur?
The drug’s prescription will always vary and depend on many aspects of the patient, such as their illness, health condition, allergies, medication history, and more. However, some doctors omit this type of information when prescribing, which causes the patient to have much more problems than the disease they already had.
Negligence is usually what causes medication errors, although there could be other reasons as well, such as:
- Unintelligible writing on prescriptions the pharmacist cannot read properly
- Labeling errors on medication containers
- Misinformation in medication instructions
- Wrong administration method
- Medical misdiagnosis
- Lack of information about the patient and their health condition
- Lack of monitoring in the improvement or worsening of the patient
Health care providers must care for all their patients, and when they make a mistake that could have been easily avoided, the consequences could be severe. Victims are entitled to compensation for their damages in a medical malpractice case. A medication errors attorney at Brown & Barron can help you get fair damages.
At Brown & Barron Can Help With Your Medication Error Case
Our medication error attorneys are prepared to:
- Review the information and determine if you have a case
- File a professional negligence claim or lawsuit
- Engage in conversations with the at-fault party’s attorneys
- Talk to experts in the area to determine if your damages could have been prevented
- Obtain relevant information about the health professional or the hospital
- Negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf
- Defend your rights and interests in court if necessary
Work With an Annapolis Medication Error Lawyer’s Team Today
If you have been harmed due to the negligent actions of a healthcare provider, we will help bring the negligent party to justice and recover monetary compensation. Call our law offices now or fill out our online contact form. Our lawyers can help you with wrongful death due to medication errors, as well.
Our team is ready to utilize its knowledge and resources for your family’s benefit. Turn to us in your time of need, and we will support you throughout the case. We are ready to hear about your medical malpractice claim.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a medication errors lawyer serving Annapolis.