Can a medication error lead to a medical malpractice case?

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Many times, medication errors and mistakes are preventable.  Either the wrong medication was ordered by a doctor or the tech or pharmacist filled the wrong prescription. 

Sometimes the patient has a known allergy to a specific medication that is ordered.

Sometimes this happens even in the hospital even though the hospital chart has your allergies listed and documented and even though you have an allergy bracelet or other identification.  Many times doctors, nurses, techs are all in a rush and they just don't check.

And if they don't check or bother to find out, that is medical malpractice if it happens in a hospital in D.C.. Maryland or Virginia.

So what can you do about it?

As medical malpractice lawyers, we look at how we can help you - that is the key to every case.  And that will depend on the extent of the harm you suffered.  For example, even if the hospital made a serious medical mistake, like giving you the wrong medication, if it didn't cause any harm, you wouldn't want to go through the time and expense of a medical malpractice lawsuit to hold them responsible.  But you would want to report it, make sure the hospital understood the medical mistake occurred and that they were taking steps to prevent it from happening again to someone else in the hospital.

Let's say the worst happened - you were given the wrong medication in the hospital and suffered significant, life changing consequences because you were allergic and they knew of the allergy.  We would help you and your family make up for the harms and losses caused by giving you the wrong drug through a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital.

The goal would be to get you the resources you now need because of what the hospital caused and prevent it from happening again to anyone else in the community.

And remember, even a medical malpractice case for a mistake that caused a life changing condition or injury has time limits and other legal requirements that you must comply with.  If you're interested in talking confidentially about a life changing condition or injury caused by a hospital in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, please call us to schedule a free, no obligation telephone appointment.


Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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