Connecticut Medication Mistake & Error Lawyers
Medications can transform your health and help you lead a better life, but sometimes the medicines you rely on may cause harm. From prescription to dispensation, there are many opportunities for medical professionals to make mistakes with medications. These mistakes can easily harm a patient.
If a medication error or mistake has injured you, our lawyers can advise you about your legal options and help you find the compensation you need.
At Wocl Leydon, our knowledgeable lawyers can help you fight for your rights and your compensation. We’ll work to hold the responsible parties accountable for their mistakes, and we’ll work to secure the compensation you deserve. Our work for clients has been recognized by Connecticut Super Lawyers®, New England Super Lawyers®, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and many other leading publications. We represent clients throughout Connecticut on a contingency basis, and we’re available to help you.
Common Types of Medication Mistakes and Errors
Medical professionals, including doctors, anesthesiologists, and pharmacists, are highly trained and dedicated to caring for their patients. Unfortunately, they’re also human and can make mistakes. When medical professionals make negligent medication mistakes and errors it can lead to significant harm and even death.
Some of the most common drug errors include:
- Administering the medication incorrectly. Every medication comes with specific instructions about how the medication should be administered to patients. These include strict instructions on dosage and frequency. Nurses and doctors are expected to follow medication instructions carefully and administer any medication correctly, but sometimes they fail to do so. They may misinterpret instructions, confuse multiple medications that they are handling, or they may fail to identify problems with the instructions that others give them.
- Failing to catch dangerous medication interactions. Medications can have complex interactions, and it’s up to medical professionals to prevent harmful interactions before they happen. Doctors and pharmacies have sophisticated systems for tracking the medications that a patient is taking. Those systems should alert professionals to any dangerous interactions. However, these systems are no guarantee of safety. Doctors and pharmacists may fail to transfer vital records to each other, leading to gaps in knowledge. The same professionals may misinterpret or disregard any warnings, sometimes due to communications issues, and sometimes due to lack of training or professional knowledge.
- Errors in the doctor’s prescription. During the prescription process, there are many opportunities for error. In some cases, there are mistakes such as prescribing the wrong medication for a patient’s condition. In other cases, there may be mistakes in the doctor’s knowledge about what medicine they are prescribing. There may also be errors in the transmission of the doctor’s written prescription order. Prescribing doctors may miscommunicate the type or amount of the medication needed, leading to the administration of the wrong medication or an overdose of medication.
- Medication dispensation errors. Medication dispensers, such as pharmacists, are required to follow strict procedures about the medication they dispense. This means that they must carefully track the amount and type of every medication they handle. They may affix the wrong label on medication, they may dispense the incorrect dosage of medicine, or they may administer the wrong medicine entirely. Although medication dispensation errors are relatively rare, they do happen, and they can have fatal results.
- Failure to inform patients about possible side effects. Many medications can have significant side-effects on patients, particularly if a patient is taking multiple drugs simultaneously. Side effects may also occur with certain medications if a patient ingests certain foods or drinks. To prevent these kinds of dangerous adverse reactions, pharmacists and other medical professionals are required to inform patients about the side-effects of the medication they are taking. When they do not, it can lead to dangerous and even life-threatening complications for patients.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Medication Errors in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, many parties in the chain of prescription and dispensation may be liable for medication mistakes and errors. From the process of making the medication to the moment it is taken by a patient, multiple parties are responsible for the patient’s health.
Liable parties may include:
- Prescribing doctors
- Nurses and others who administer medications
- Hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, nursing homes, and other institutions
These parties and many others may be responsible for a medication mistake or error. In many cases, there may be multiple failures that lead to a medication error, so it’s important to understand what happened in your case and who should be held liable.
Helping Patients Harmed by Medication Mistakes and Errors
Medication errors can lead to painful and dangerous injuries. If a negligent medication mistake or error has injured you, act quickly before times runs out and talk with a lawyer as soon as you can. At Wocl Leydon, our experienced lawyers are focused on helping those harmed by medication errors. If you’ve been harmed, our lawyers will listen to you and help you understand the next steps you should take.
At Wocl Leydon we help medication error victims throughout Connecticut. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning that there will be no fees unless we win. For a free consultation about your case, call us or contact us online now.