Medication Errors Medical Malpractice
Medication has many uses. If you are hurt, it can relieve pain. If you are sick, it can cure you. If you suffer from a long-term problem, it can improve your quality of life. If a medical professional deviates from the standard of care regarding medication, you can be severely injured. The wrong medication has been also known to kill. Health care providers have a level of care they must satisfy regarding medicating a patient in a variety of medical situations. They have a responsibility to use caution when prescribing, administering, filling, and assessing the medication you take. Unfortunately, medication errors occur regularly at the hands of negligent health care professionals. If your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse made a mistake with your medication, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may have a case for medical malpractice. Cohn Lifland can review your case and see that your situation is resolved in the best possible way. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our firm today.
Common Medication Errors by Doctors
Doctors have a responsibility to ensure that a patient is being properly medicated at every stage. When a doctor does not satisfy the medical standard of care, a patient can suffer from the neglect. Sometimes, an overdose or too little medication has seriously injured a patient. Some doctors have failed to screen for patient risk factors, including allergies. Doctors have neglected to monitor the patient for adverse effects. Unfortunately, doctors have been known to prescribe the wrong medication as well. These are just a few of the many mistakes doctors make when handling medication for their patients. These acts fall below the medical standard and may constitute a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Common Medication Errors by Nurses
Nurses are medical professionals that most often interact with patients in a hospital. Though the doctor should be involved in every stage of medication, nurses are usually the ones who will administer pharmaceuticals. Nurses are also responsible for alerting doctors when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, nurses make mistakes that injure patients, including mixing up patient papers, misreading the orders detailing the type and dosage of drugs that should be administered, missing a patient’s scheduled dose, failure to administer intravenous drugs properly, failure to sterilize equipment, and contaminating drugs with unwashed hands. Many of these mistakes are caused by overworked and overtired nurses. If you are injured by a nurse’s mistake, you should consider if that mistake constitutes a medical malpractice case.
Contact Cohn Lifland
Cohn Lifland represents New Jersey victims of medication errors. You may have been seriously injured because of the negligence of a medical professional. If your care did not meet the medical standard, you should consider your legal options. We work with clients who suffer from the effects of medication errors on behalf of doctors and nurses. If you need our legal services, we will review your case and help you through tough times. Contact Cohn Lifland today.