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Medication Error

Sunrise, FL, Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medication error is frighteningly common. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), on average a hospitalized patient will experience one medication error per day. Medication errors are preventable. They may be the result of medical malpractice, defective drug packaging, or a combination of the two. Drug errors cause hundreds of thousands of injuries and thousands of deaths in the U.S. every year. If you have been the victims of medication error a Sunrise, FL, medical malpractice attorney can help.

Common Medication Errors

There are many possible types of medication error which can cause injury or death. Common medication errors include:

  • Administration of the wrong drug
  • Administration to the wrong patient
  • Prescription of a medication which is not appropriate for the condition
  • Prescription of a medication which is not appropriate for the patient based on medical history, such as allergy or health conditions
  • Multiple prescriptions in unsafe combinations
  • Prescription or administration of the wrong dose
  • Prescription or administration of experimental drugs without informed consent
  • Emergency room administration of sedatives or painkillers to intoxicated patients

Causes of Medication Error

Common causes of medication error include:

  • Failure to fully review patient’s medical records for other prescriptions, drug allergies, or health conditions which contraindicate the use of the prescribed drug
  • Failure to adjust doses according to health changes in patient
  • Poor patient tracking leading to administration to the wrong patient
  • Poor handwriting
  • Inadequate labeling and packaging of medications leading to the administration of the wrong drug or the wrong dose
  • Inadequate warnings provided by drug manufacturers

Consequences of Medication Error

Sometimes medication error goes completely unnoticed, but depending on the nature of the error and the condition of the patient, one seemingly small mistake can be fatal. Consequences of medication error can include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Overdose
  • Brain injury
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Paralysis
  • Heart attack
  • Seizures
  • Temporary physical or mental impairment
  • Permanent disability
  • Digestive problems
  • Delayed recovery
  • Condition does not improve
  • Condition becomes worse
  • Death

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medication error in Florida, pleas call Sunrise, FL, medical malpractice attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. (954) 845-8989, (561) 737-7789 or (877) 845-8989 or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.