Experience That Makes A Difference In Prescription Error Injury Cases
Medical mistakes happen in different ways, and they occur more often than most people realize. However, errors with prescription medications happen both in the hospital and in everyday interactions with your pharmacist. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a medication mistake, the team at Mayer & Associates, P.C., is ready to help. Our prescription mistakes attorney in Kansas City will get to work investigating your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen With Medications?
Researchers say that more than 250,000 people are killed each year and millions more are injured due to medical mistakes. Many of these mistakes revolve around issues with a person’s prescription.
Most people do not think twice when they are given a prescription from a doctor. This includes patients in the hospital or those who are taking their paperwork to the pharmacy to have the medication filled. However, there are many things that can go wrong.
In the hospital, doctors and nurses have cited problems in written communication, interruptions while administering medications, supplies and storage of medicines, and having an overworked staff as issues when delivering medications.
Inside the hospital, prescription mistakes can lead to:
- A patient receiving the wrong medication
- A patient not receiving their medication at all
- A patient receiving the wrong dosage of a medication
Outside of the hospital, errors can happen on a patient’s prescription as well as when the medication is being filled. It is vital that doctors list the right dosage on the prescription and that pharmacists properly fill the orders.
Patients who receive the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of their medication can suffer serious harm. This can include internal organ damage, reactions with other medications and death.
What Is Needed To Prove These Cases?
When it comes to prescription medication errors, it must be shown that:
- A health care provider had a duty to care for the patient.
- The health care provider breached his/her duty of care to the patient.
- The breach of duty caused harm to the patient.
- The patient’s injuries caused economic or emotional damages.
Many people do not think of pharmacists as health care professionals, but they are. They have a duty to care for their patients and can be held liable for injuries and illnesses caused by their negligence.
We Are Ready To Get To Work
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a medication mistake, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The qualified and experienced team at Mayer & Associates, P.C., is ready to get to work investigating what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Compensation for all medical expenses related to the error
- Coverage of lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the pharmacist, doctor or nurse responsible