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Medication/Prescription Errors

Medication errors are one of the most common forms of medical negligence and put thousands of patients’ lives at risk every year. When medical personnel prescribes the wrong dosage of a medication or administers the incorrect medication to you or a loved one resulting in illness, injury or death, you may be eligible to pursue a claim for any damages sustained.

Whenever medication is prescribed or administered to patients, it is the responsibility of the doctors and other medical providers to take all necessary precautions to avoid causing harm. At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys have secured millions in settlements and verdicts for patients who were wrongfully injured by medication errors. Working with the top medical professionals, we know which standard policies doctors and nurses should be following when it comes to medications/prescriptions and will fight for the compensation you deserve for the quality of care you did not receive.

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What Are Medication/Prescription Errors?

Pharmaceutical drugs are powerful substances capable of sparking many adverse reactions when misused. Patients are most susceptible to injury when medical professionals make mistakes such as:

  • Providing the wrong medication
  • Administering the wrong dosage
  • Forgetting to administer medication
  • Neglecting to prescribe a medication
  • Administering medication to the wrong patient
  • Administering a drug incorrectly
  • Failing to account for the allergic reactions
  • Prescribing a harmful combination of medications

Any of these mistakes can cause catastrophic losses to a patient’s health, including wrongful death. If you or a loved one suspects you may have been a victim of such medication errors while under the care of a doctor, hospital, or medical center, call an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately for the best possible result in proving medication negligence for your case.

Verdicts & Settlements

$10.1 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely treat a patient

A 40-year-old woman with heart attack symptoms was left in the emergency room waiting area of a Nassau County hospital for 20 minutes, resulting in a massive heart attack and brain damage.

$10 Million Verdict

Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death – Failure to timely diagnose breast cancer

A radiologist failed to properly interpret a mammogram, resulting in a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer in a 46-year-old woman, who ultimately passed away.

$8 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely diagnose a blood clot

A doctor’s failure to appreciate the significance of headache complaints by a 21-year-old caused a delay in diagnosing a blood clot, resulting in a stroke and brain damage.

$5.4 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Newborn baby found face-down

One day after birth, our client was found face down in the hospital nursery, causing oxygen deprivation that resulted in brain damage.

$6.9 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Intraoperative airway fire in trachea

While undergoing a laser procedure to remove vocal cord polyps, an airway fire in the trachea burned our client’s lungs and vocal cords, resulting in the loss of his ability to speak.

$4.5 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to appreciate preeclampsia (high blood pressure)

Doctors fail to timely diagnose preeclampsia (high blood pressure) in a pregnant woman, leading to placental abruption, oxygen deprivation, and a brain-damaged infant.

$4.75 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to perform a timely C-section

During delivery of a baby, doctors failed to properly monitor the fetal monitor strips and the fetal heart rate resulting in oxygen deprivation and brain damage in the infant.

Types of Medication Errors

Hospital policies and procedures are created to help reduce medical mistakes in care and protect the health of patients. When these protocols are neglected or forgotten, it is the patient and their family who suffer the consequences. Very few medication errors are intentional, but that does not excuse the life-altering harm they can cause. There are several types of medication errors that put patients at risk:

  • Knowledge-Based Errors– when medical professionals are not fully informed about the drug they are prescribing or administering, or they are not informed about the patient to whom they are giving the medication.
  • Rule-Based Errors– when rules and procedures are not adequately followed in administering, dispensing or prescribing medication.
  • Action-Based Errors– mistakes such as picking up the wrong bottle of medication, slipping when administering medication or misreading correctly prescribed medication labels and scripts.
  • Memory-Based Errors– lapses in judgment such as forgetting an allergy, forgetting to record last medication given, or forgetting a specific regimen of medication the patient requires.

All of these types of errors should have specific protocols set in place to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Our team will thoroughly investigate the injury or illness caused by the medication error to determine what type of protocols may not have been followed and what should have been done to protect you or your loved one from unnecessary harm.

Verdicts & Settlements

$8 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely diagnose a blood clot

A doctor’s failure to appreciate the significance of headache complaints by a 21-year-old caused a delay in diagnosing a blood clot, resulting in a stroke and brain damage.

How To Prove Fault in Medication Error Claims

Medications affect every patient differently. In some cases, the side effects of a drug can be completely unpredictable. Because these circumstances do occur, proving medical negligence when it comes to medication errors can be complicated, but not impossible.

To file a successful medication error claim, the following information must be proven:

  • Failure to provide quality care: To prove a medication error was made, you must be able to prove that the doctor, pharmacist, anesthesiologist or other health care professional failed to provide a quality level of care. This means showing that if the health care professional did not follow protocols or use all of the knowledge they possessed as a skilled medical professional, you would not have become injured or ill.
  • Actual cause of harm: This means proving that the act of a health care professional prescribing, administering, or filling medications inaccurately or negligently was a cause of injury or illnesses you suffered.

Medication error claims are complex and require a great deal of skill to secure a favorable outcome. For over 35 years, our team at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro has been successfully representing victims of medication errors both through litigation and in trial. We provide the care and support our clients deserve after enduring unnecessary pain and suffering from medical negligence and compile a comprehensive case to include all financial damages sustained from the preventable medical mistake.

Verdicts & Settlements

$4.5 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to appreciate preeclampsia (high blood pressure)

Doctors fail to timely diagnose preeclampsia (high blood pressure) in a pregnant woman, leading to placental abruption, oxygen deprivation, and a brain-damaged infant.

Let Us Advocate For Your Health

The physical, emotional and financial losses experienced after a medication error can be traumatic and expensive. Let our winning team provide you with exceptional representation you deserve and allow us to stand up for your rights against the health care professionals and institutions that caused you harm.  Contact the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro today for a free consultation to review your case and explore your options for seeking justice against medical negligence.

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