Brooklyn Medication Error Attorneys

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Health care professionals have a duty to the patients they treat and are expected to exercise the degree of care and skill required of a competent individual who practices that specialty. When a health care provider fails to do so, this can lead to devastating consequences such as severe injuries or even death. Medication errors are one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. If you were harmed due to such an error, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation, so you can recover without being burdened by the financial costs associated with your injury. The Brooklyn medical malpractice attorneys at Belushin Law Firm, P.C. will serve as your fierce legal advocate and fight to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve. You should not have to suffer in silence.

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About Medication Errors

There is more than one kind of medication error. Some of the most common are:

  • Administering the wrong medication to a patient
  • Administering an incorrect dosage of a medication to a patient
  • Mislabeled medication
  • Prescribing a medication that a patient is allergic to
  • Prescribing a medication that interacts negatively with another medication a patient is currently taking
  • Failing to warn a patient about the common side effects of a prescribed medication

In such cases, it is not uncommon for more than one party to be held liable for a patient’s injuries. From the physician, nurses, and hospital to the pharmacy, pharmacist, and pharmaceutical manufacturer, it is possible for any number these individuals involved in administering or prescribing a medication to a patient to be held legally liable for harmful errors.

Determining Liability

As previously stated, a patient can potentially interact with several different health care providers, so determining who and how many of these individuals are liable can sometimes be tricky. When medication errors are made, all contributing factors must be analyzed. If the wrong medication was prescribed, for example, this might likely be the fault of the patient’s doctor. However, it might also be the fault of a nurse who wrote down incorrect information, or a pharmacist who mixed up an order. If there was an issue with the dosage, liability might fall upon the doctor who prescribed it or the pharmacist. Doctors must also monitor a patient throughout the course of treatment and be aware of any adverse effects that might be related to the prescribed medication. Failing to do so can be considered negligence.

In cases where a patient is able to prove liability, the person or persons responsible for the medication error will usually be required to provide compensation for damages sustained caused by the error. If the injury is severe and calls for extensive medical costs and rehabilitation expenses, the awarded damages can be substantial.

Proof of Liability

To prove liability, an injured victim’s attorney must prove that the health care provider or providers are liable, which generally requires showing that they did not follow certain procedures, guidelines, or was simply negligent in due care. Given the complexities of these cases, medical experts are often necessary to establish what the proper procedure was and what went wrong.

Take Immediate Action with an Experienced Legal Team

If you believe that you or someone in your family suffered a medication error, you must contact a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Medical malpractice cases have a statute of limitations, so timing is critical to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve. Maintain all documentation regarding your medical treatment as well as the names of all health care providers who treated you.

At Belushin Law Firm, P.C., we understand the severity of these mistakes and will help you file a claim for compensation for the pain and suffering you needlessly endured.

Call our office today at (888) 918-9890 to get started with a qualified Brooklyn medical malpractice lawyer. We provide free consultations!

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