Medication Errors Can Cause Lasting Damage
Our modern medical system is built on trust between patients and their families and the health care providers who prescribe and administer medications. When any type of error is made, the results can range from dangerous to outright catastrophic, even fatal.
Hall Ansley, P.C.’s medical malpractice attorneys have dedicated their legal practice to finding justice for families and individuals impacted by medical errors. Our legal staff has handled these often-complex cases successfully. They are supported by several nurse-paralegals and a network of medical professionals who can provide expert testimony and documentation of the damage a wrongly administered drug can inflict.
How Prescribed Medications Can Inflict Harm
Advances in pharmaceutical research have resulted in life-saving drugs for many conditions. However, conditions must be right for the medication to be effective and safe for a patient. Some of these include:
- The medication must be given to the right patient, which can be a challenge in a large hospital or care facility.
- The medication must be the proper medication for that patient – not one that looks or sounds like the right prescription.
- The medication must be given in the proper dosage, or it can be ineffective (with too little) or harmful (with too much).
- The medication should be a drug that will not cause an allergic reaction in the patient.
- The patient and their family should be fully warned of the potential side effects of the medication.
What Damages Can I Claim In A Medication Error Lawsuit?
The physical injuries that a medication error can cause are extensive, but typically fall into a few common categories. The plaintiff in a medication error lawsuit can ask for:
- Medical expenses and future treatment needs due to the error
- Physical disability, disfigurement or scarring
- Pain and suffering sparked by the wrongly administered drug
- Lost wages and income
- Survivor benefits if the drug error resulted in a wrongful death
Talk To An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Our attorneys have decades of experience in personal injury cases that center on medication errors and other instances of medical malpractice. We serve clients in Springfield and across Missouri. To receive a free consultation on your case, call us at 417-429-1372 or email us.