Your prescription medication is supposed to make you feel better, not worse. However, it is an unfortunate reality that errors in medication prescribing, administration, dispensing, and distribution commonly occur. It is unacceptable if you are made a victim of a medication error that caused you to suffer from subsequent injuries and damages. Follow along to find out who is potentially liable for your injury and how a proficient New York City medication error attorney at Mark L. Bodner, P.C. can work on your behalf in filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What are injuries commonly associated with medication errors?
The injuries that may follow a medication error may be quite serious. Such injuries may turn fatal if the error is not caught quickly enough. More specific examples are as follows:
- You may be receiving medication that you are allergic to; therefore, you may suffer from a severe allergic reaction.
- Your medication order may have been left incomplete (i.e., tracking error); therefore, your illness or injury may significantly worsen.
- You may be receiving the incorrect medication for your illness or injury; therefore, your illness or injury may significantly worsen.
- You may be receiving medication that is not suitable for your medical history; therefore, you may incur an additional illness or injury.
Who is potentially liable for my medication error injury?
Of note, the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error and Prevention defines a medication error as, “…any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm, while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer…” Further, this council holds that such an event may be the fault of any party who played a role in placing the medication into the hands of a patient. More specific examples are as follows:
- A doctor may be held liable if they fail to prescribe the correct type or dosage of medication to the patient.
- A pharmacist may be held liable if they fail to dispense the correct type or dosage of medication to the patient.
- A nurse may be held liable if they fail to monitor the patient’s condition while being administered the medication.
- A drug manufacturer may be held liable if they fail to label the packaging with the correct name, dosage, and instructions for the medication.
When attempting to correctly identify the liable party for your claim, you must ask yourself which individual failed to meet the standard of care that you were owed. In conclusion, we believe that legal representation from a talented New York City hospital negligence attorney is the best fit for you and your medical malpractice case. So please get in touch with Mark L. Bodner, P.C. as soon as you can.