Medication mistakes are extremely dangerous and completely preventable
Medication mistakes can happen anywhere along the chain of events leading to the administration of medication. There can be errors in selecting the drug (a prescription error), in ordering the drug, in dispensing the drug, in administering it, or in monitoring the drug once it’s taken. Mistakes can be due to inadequate knowledge of the prescriber. They can be due to inaccurate or sloppy computerized order entry. They can be due to the fact that certain drug names sound alike but are very different medications.
Sometimes the right drug may be administered by the wrong route. For example, a drug supposed to be given by an injection in a muscle might instead be injected into a vein. Or the right drug could be given the right way in the right dose… but to the wrong patient! The Eisen Law Firm medication mistake attorneys in Cleveland stand up for your rights as a patient when you are a victim of medical negligence.
How often do patients suffer injuries due to medication mistakes by pharmacists and hospital staff?
At least 1.5 million Americans are injured every year by medication errors. On average, every hospital patient is probably subjected to at least one medication error per day. Fortunately, many of these errors are harmless. There may be as many as 7,000 people who die every year from medication errors, but it is difficult to be certain of the numbers. The costs of medication errors are staggering. Over $3 billion dollars annually goes toward treating the consequences of medication errors.
Many of these errors represent negligence on the part of healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. There really is never a good excuse for giving the wrong medication to a patient; for giving it in the wrong dose; for giving it by the wrong route; or for giving it to the wrong patient. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and hospitals must be vigilant in preventing medication errors. Patients can also help by making sure they know what medications they are taking, why they are taking them, and how to take them. Patients and family members should never be embarrassed to ask nurses in the hospital questions about any medication the nurse seeks to administer.
Why do medication errors occur in hospitals?
Medication errors – especially those that occur in hospitals — are almost always the result of negligence somewhere along the chain of administration. When they result in significant harm, a case for negligent administration of medication can be brought. The key in most such cases is to locate the place along the chain where things went wrong and to prove the connection between the mistake and the injury. The Cleveland medication error attorneys at The Eisen Law Firm have the expertise and experience to handle all aspects of medication negligence lawsuits.
Schedule a free initial consultation with a Cleveland malpractice attorney today to discuss your injuries from medication or pharmaceutical errors
The experienced attorneys of The Eisen Law Firm look carefully at medical records and autopsy reports to help you find out whether a medication error caused harm to you or a loved one. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys if you suspect a medication error caused an injury or death. Call us today at 216-687-0900 or contact us online to make an appointment. We provide legal services in Cleveland, Lorain, Columbus, Toledo, Akron and all of Northeast Ohio.