Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Helping Victims of Medication Errors
It takes a focused and detail-oriented medical professional to choose the right medication that will address an illness while also avoiding harmful interactions. Likewise, calculating and measuring out the correct dose of a medication requires that a doctor or nurse pay full attention to the task at hand. The amount of precision required when working with potent drugs means that even a momentary lapse in attention could have serious or fatal consequences for a patient.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medication error, you may have a right to seek money damages for any resulting injuries. For a no-cost consultation on your claim, contact the seasoned Chicago-area medical malpractice attorney John Fairman for a consultation on your claim.
Medication errors are a common mistake in busy hospitals
The Food and Drug Administration reports that each day, approximately one person is killed by a medication error, with another 1.3 million people injured each year by these errors. These errors can occur in many ways, such as:
- The treating physician prescribes the wrong medication or wrong dosage
- The pharmacist provides a different medication than the one prescribed, or the correct medication in the wrong dose
- The doctor or pharmacist fails to check for harmful interactions between new prescriptions and drugs the patient is already taking
- The nurse administers the incorrect amount of a drug to the patient
- A drug delivery device, such as an insulin pen or patient-controlled analgesia pump, malfunctions and delivers too much or too little of a medication
Hospitals have a duty to try to prevent medication errors
Hospital administrators understand how common medication errors are and the serious risks that their patients face from medication errors. Hospitals also understand that 90% of all medication errors are determined to have been preventable. Hospitals have a duty to try and prevent these errors using research-supported methods for error reduction, and should they fail to take reasonable measures to prevent such errors, they can face liability for injuries that result. Hospitals should consider using error reduction methods such as:
- Ensuring medical staff are well-trained in the administration of drugs
- Clearly labeling storage spaces for different medications
- Instituting good communication practices to ensure that the right dose is issued to the right patient
- Implementing verification measures
Talk to a dedicated Chicago medical malpractice attorney after a serious medication error
Don’t delay a claim for money damages after a medication error. Take action to get the money you deserve for your medical expenses and pain and suffering by contacting the compassionate and dedicated Chicago medical malpractice and medication error lawyer John Fairman for a consultation, in Homewood at 708-799-4848, or in Bridgeview at 708-960-4806.