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Medication Errors

medication error attorneys fellerman and ciarimboliMany of us take medications for our health. Whether it’s to keep our blood pressure in check, to stop a disease in its tracks, or to relieve a headache, prescription medication is a necessity. But sometimes, we are given the wrong medication which can result in life-threatening consequences.

If you have suffered because of the carelessness of a medical professional with your medication, you may be unsure at what your next steps should be. Who is at fault for the error?

When you receive an injury following a medication error, it’s crucial to speak with an experienced Philadelphia medication errors attorney, such as the ones at Fellerman & Ciarimboli. Our medical malpractice lawyers have the experience and the results to handle your claim professionally and quickly. With health care experts on staff, we are ready to examine your case and make sure you get compensation for your injuries.

Medication Errors: What You Should Know

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that approximately 1.5 million people receive an injury from medication errors in the United States, a number that is on the rise. According to a study published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, the number of mistakes had more than doubled between the years of 2000 and 2012. In that time frame, more than 67,000 errors occurred which resulted in 414 deaths. Most of the mistakes come from medication associated with cardiovascular drugs, such as high blood pressure medication, analgesics, and especially diabetes.

The sad part is these numbers could be higher. And with more and more people taking medication, the risk of receiving the wrong prescription or dosage is exceptionally high.

Common Causes of Medication Errors

All it takes is a distracted nurse or pharmacist to cause an error. And with short-staffed health care facilities around Pennsylvania, it’s easy for a mistake to occur. Some of the most common causes of medication errors include:

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  • An illegible prescription or an error in prescribing medication
  • Wrong medication packaging
  • You receive or have a prescription to the wrong drug or dosage
  • A misdiagnosis by a doctor or health care professional
  • Failing to change medication despite issues with the current dosage

Compensation for Medical Malpractice

An error in medication falls under medical malpractice law, and you have the right to seek compensation following the mistake. To prove negligence by the health care professional or pharmacist, you will need to show that the defendant did not adhere to a certain standard of care. For example, if you have an allergy to a particular drug and the doctor prescribes that drug without looking at your history, this is a case of medical malpractice.

Some of the damages you can receive in a medication error claim include:

  • Medical care - You may be entitled to compensation for medical care that is related to your accident.
  • Loss of income - If your injury affected your income either now or in the future.
  • Pain and suffering - Pain that exists immediately after an incident, as well as ongoing pain or discomfort, can affect your lifestyle and abilities.
  • Emotional distress - After a traumatic event, many people report feelings of anxiety, fear, or confusion, as well as loss of sleep.
  • Funeral expenses - If you lost a loved one because of the medical professional's negligence, you might be eligible for compensation for funeral costs.
  • Loss of enjoyment - Your injury may affect your ability to do the things you enjoy, like fishing or hiking or crafts, and that will negatively impact your lifestyle.
  • Loss of consortium - This refers to a loss of a relationship or elements of a relationship that negatively affect family members and close friends of the injured; this may include loss of companionship or the inability to participate in a sexual relationship.

Depending on the details of your case, you may be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages are often orders for financial awards to the injured party; they are intended to punish the individual(s) or company that is found responsible for your injury.

Contact Our Philadelphia Medication Errors Attorneys Now

To know if you have a case of medical negligence, you're going to need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who understands the complexities of these cases. For decades, the Pennsylvania medication error lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been helping clients throughout the Keystone State with their claims.

Don't delay. If you believe you are injured following a medication error, contact one of our offices in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia today for a free consultation.

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