Many things can go wrong when administering and dispensing medication to
Experienced Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys have seen doctors make the mistake, nurses make the mistake, and pharmacists
make the mistake. Since many things can and do go wrong, we focus here
on one specific type of error. This is the error of giving the wrong drug
to a patient. This in and of itself can happen in many ways.
For example, the medication container can be mislabeled. The person who
eventually gives the medication to the patient may not know, nor have
any reason to know, that the medication is incorrect. Nonetheless,
negligence has occurred and the person or entity making the mistake can be held liable for the error.
Mislabeling can happen in different ways. It is possible for labels to
be switched and placed on the wrong container. Proper warning labels could
be missing, thereby failing to warn the patient of dangerous side effects
caused by medications. The label may also improperly tell the patient
about how to take the medication; how many pills and times of day to take
the medication. It is even possible for prescription drugs to be wrongly
labeled at the production factory.
As mentioned above, many
medical professionals can be held liable for this mistake. Anyone involved in the process of getting the medication
to the patient is accountable. This will even include the pharmacy that
dispensed the medication, whether it is a hospital pharmacy or a pharmaceutical
When medical professionals, pharmacies, and or pharmaceutical companies give the
wrong medication to the wrong patient many different types of injuries happen, including death in some cases.
Of course, some injuries are slight, such as minor allergic reactions
like temporary skin rashes. Nonetheless, this still causes fear in patients.
Other adverse drug reactions include shortness of breath, excessive sweating,
heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, dizziness,
fainting, diarrhea, vomiting, heart attack, blood clotting, strokes, seizures, etc.
Many of these problems will be temporary, but others may become severe
and long term medical problems. Additionally, some adverse reactions that
result from getting the wrong medication will require medical intervention.
It could include additional doctor’s visits, long term care, and
even surgical intervention.
Experienced Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys know that patients injured by wrong medications can receive compensation
for every loss experienced as a result of the error. Pain and suffering
attributed to the prescription error can be quantified and awarded to
the injured patient. So too can medical expenses paid out by the patient.
Lost wages are compensable as well. If a patient dies, the decedent’s
close relatives can sue the offending parties too.
There more about the common and dangerous surgical errors and mistakes
which occur in medical malpractice cases from the latest article posted
on our law firm’s website available by clicking on the link here. Find out your rights and the liability where a health care provider performs
surgery on the wrong site in
our blog post available by clicking here. Procedures performed on the wrong patient are also a serious instance
of medical malpractice, and you can
learn more about liability in this post by clicking here.
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