Medical Malpractice Attorneys handling Medication Errors in West Palm Beach, Jupiter and all of South Florida.
When we are injured or ill, we entrust our lives to physicians, nurses, and other trained caretakers. We hope that they can cure our illnesses and treat our injuries. At the very least, we expect them not to cause us harm. When a prescribing physician, or other medical care worker, makes a medication error, the effects can be devastating.
Receiving an incorrect medication can cause a patient to experience discomfort, permanent harm, or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a medication error, our medical malpractice attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA are here to help.
We provide legal advocacy in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and surrounding communities. To learn more about receiving compensation for your injuries and care, send us a message online or call our team at 561-845-2510 today.
Medication Errors Are Pervasive
According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, every year at least 1.5 million people in the United States suffer harm from a medication mistake. Medication errors occur when a physician prescribes the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication, or even when the pharmacy provides the wrong medication when filling a prescription.
In some instances, a patient may suffer harm when a physician prescribes a medication for a misdiagnosed illness. In care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes, a common medication error occurs when medical professionals administer a medication to the wrong patient.
In Florida, if you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a medication error, you are entitled to compensation. Contact a skilled Florida attorney to help you determine your rights moving forward.
West Palm Beach Medication Error Attorney
Harm from an Incorrect Dosage of Medication
The most common type of medication mistakes includes dosage errors. A dosage error is when a patient receives in an incorrect amount of a prescribed medication–either too much of the medication or too little. A dosage error can occur in several ways:
- The prescribing physician writes an incorrect dosage on the prescription.
- The prescribing physician writes the correct dosage on the prescription, but a nurse administers an incorrect amount of the medication.
- Equipment used to administer a medication malfunction, causing a patient to receive a large amount of the medication in a short period of time.
Harm from Anesthesia Errors
Another common type of medication error involves anesthesia. Mistakes surrounding the administering of anesthesia are often more dangerous than surgical errors. Such mistakes can lead to permanent injury, including brain damage or even death.
A medical professional can commit malpractice by failing to determine whether a patient’s medical history suggests possible complications with anesthesia or by failing to warn the patients of risks associated with using anesthesia. During a surgery, an anesthesiologist can commit the following errors:
- administer too much or too little anesthesia
- fail to properly monitor the patient’s vital signs
- utilize defective equipment
Contact a West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney if you have been injured from a medication error. The attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA have years of experience helping people with injuries due to medical malpractice.
We understand the challenges faced by individuals and families harmed while under the care of another, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure you receive the help and compensation you deserve. Do not delay. Contact us online or call 561-845-2510 today to see how we can help.