According to the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, medication errors are considered to be one of the most common medical errors in the nation. While some medication errors may have no effect, it is still considered an error. What’s more alarming is the fact that some medication errors can lead to serious or even fatal injuries.
You might be asking yourself: what exactly is a medication error? The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error and Prevention defines a medication error as a medical mistake made by a physician or medical professional regarding a patient’s medication. This can include prescribing the wrong medication, not providing clear enough instructions regarding the medication, prescribing the wrong dosage, or administering the wrong medication to a patient.
As we said above, while some medication errors may not cause harm to a patient, this is not the fortunate outcome that happens every time. Some medication errors can lead to serious or even fatal outcomes such as allergic reactions or even cardiac arrest.
Although most hospitals in the United States have strict procedures in place to prevent medication errors from occurring, accidents still happen across the nation, including here in Connecticut. When they do, most hospitals also have guidelines for reporting such errors so that similar mistakes are not made in the future.
Though these reports may lead to the reprimand of a negligent medical professional and even the possibility of fines against the hospital, this may be enough for some victims and their families. They may e left feeling as if justice has not been served. That’s why, in many cases of medication errors, victims and their families seek the help of a skilled attorney.
Because of complexities within the law, it can be difficult for a person without a legal background to understand their rights and know when to take civil action. Lawyers on the other hand have the necessary knowledge to tell you if you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit or not. They can also advise you during the process and answer all of your legal questions to make sure that you are receiving fair compensation from the at-fault party.