Michigan Medication Errors Lawyer
Unfortunately, medication errors occur far more frequently than they should. These mistakes cost people both money and time spent recovering from their medication-related injuries. If the medication error is particularly serious, patients could even die as a result. If you or someone you love has been a victim of receiving the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, you may be entitled to compensation. Working with an experienced Michigan medication errors lawyer can help give you the tools you need to fight for your right to compensation.
At Lipton Law, our medical malpractice attorneys in Southfield have extensive experience helping patients fight for justice after they are harmed by a medication error. You have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to cover the damages you suffered from the mistakes made by a healthcare professional. You deserve justice for the pain and suffering you endured. Our attorneys are here to fight tooth and nail on your behalf to ensure that your voice is heard. To schedule your free consultation with us, please call our office at 248-557-1688 today.
What Are Medication Errors?
According to the FDA, medication errors are “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer.” Errors involving prescription drugs can occur at nearly any point of the process, including prescribing medication, administering medication, entering prescription information into computer systems, preparing medication, dispensing medication, or when drugs are given to or taken by a patient.
In other words, there are many steps that both healthcare professionals and patients must take in the process of prescribing medications. At any point during this process, if medical negligence comes into play, a serious medication error can occur. Patients who are injured by these mistakes can file a lawsuit against the medical professional responsible.
Are Medication Errors Considered Medical Malpractice?
Absolutely. Any form of medication error can result in someone receiving the wrong dose, overdosing on medication, delayed care and treatment, as well as other issues. Various prescription errors can qualify as medical malpractice if the responsible healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care.
Medication mistakes may not sound as serious as, say, surgical errors, but they are no less devastating. When a patient receives the wrong medication, doesn’t receive the correct dosage, or is subjected to another type of medication error, they may suffer serious side effects. Patients are not responsible for ensuring that they receive the correct medication. Healthcare professionals, however, are. Doctors, nurses, or pharmacists who fail to do this could be held liable for medical malpractice.
If you’ve suffered harm because of the negligence of a pharmacy or pharmacist, contact our Michigan pharmacy malpractice lawyers right away.
Types of Medication Errors
Medication errors don’t just consist of prescribing the wrong medication. Administering medication incorrectly can also be considered a medication error. Below, we list other common medication errors that our attorneys have seen over the years.
- Prescribing the incorrect dose
- Certain pharmacy errors
- Failing to take a medical history, which could result in an allergic reaction to the prescribed medication
- Accidentally prescribing a medication that interacts badly with other medications
- Improperly administering medications
- Prescribing the incorrect dosage or medication to the wrong patient
- Taking the proper dosage at the wrong time or too many times
- Having the wrong directions listed on the medication
Any mistake involving prescription medications can be considered a medication error. Although not every medication error will result in serious problems, it is entirely possible. In fact, patients could even die as a result of a dosage error or other serious mistakes.
What Causes Prescription Drug Errors?
It is important to understand how medication errors occur in the medical field. Negligent healthcare providers and pharmacists can cause medication errors in the following ways.
- Giving the incorrect diagnosis
- Miscalculation of dosages
- Prescription errors
- Issues with the drugs themselves or drug devices
- Improper administration of medications
- Failures in communication
- Failing to properly educate the patient
Who Is Responsible for Medication Errors?
A few different parties could be held liable for the adverse effects of medication errors. Our attorneys can help you gather evidence to identify who is responsible for your injuries. We can then hold them accountable for the suffering you have endured. The following parties could be held liable for the medical expenses and other losses in your case.
Doctors are obviously a potential culprit, as they are usually responsible for writing prescriptions for patients. Without taking the time to check a patient’s medical records or to uphold the expected standard of care, they could easily be held liable for medication errors. Contact a doctor malpractice lawyer if you have been harmed due to your doctor’s negligence.
In some cases, nurses are authorized by doctors to prescribe specific medications. If a nurse fails to uphold the standard of care while prescribing medications, they could be held liable for a patient’s injuries or illness.
Pharmacists can also be held responsible for the harm caused to a patient. Some ways in which they could do this include misinterpreting a doctor’s handwriting, mixing up prescriptions between patients, or giving the wrong amount of medication to a patient.
Even the companies that manufacture medications could be held liable for a patient’s injuries. If a pharmaceutical company is negligent in the manufacturing of a drug, medical professionals often have no way of knowing that a drug is dangerous. These large companies have a duty to properly test their medications, as well as to properly label them. When they fail to do these things, many people could suffer as a result. These companies can be held accountable through product liability lawsuits.
How Do I File a Medication Error Lawsuit?
If you have suffered harm or if you have lost a family member due to a medication error, you deserve compensation for the losses you have incurred. You have the right to file a medication error lawsuit to recover lost wages, cover your medical bills, and cover other damages. The first step in filing a lawsuit is to speak with a seasoned medical malpractice lawyer.
Contact a Michigan Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a medication error, you deserve justice and compensation for your losses. The Michigan medical malpractice lawyers at Lipton Law are here to ensure that you have your day in court. We will examine the facts of your case, gather evidence to support your claims, and take your case to court if necessary. To schedule your free consultation with us, please call our Southfield law office at 248-557-1688 today.