According to a study conducted in 2006, medication errors harm approximately 1.5 million people in the United States on a yearly basis. These errors can happen in a variety of ways—from a mistake in the initial prescription to the incorrect administration of the drug—and there are several different people who may be responsible for these errors. When you consider that the average hospital patient receives at least one medication on a daily basis, it is no surprise that doctors or nurses can make a mistake when they are not fully paying attention.
While most of the medication errors that occur have either little effect on the patient, others can cause permanent long-term injury, disability, or even death. Regardless of how minor or severe you think your injuries are, you should always contact a legal professional when you suspect that you have suffered because of a medication error.
Doctors and hospitals will often try to mask the severity of their mistakes and many errors are only discovered when patients review their medical records after they have been discharged. When you have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer on your side, you can rest assured knowing that you have a legal professional on your side who will fight for the best results possible.
Many of the victims who suffer medication errors already have preexisting medical conditions, or even multiple underlying conditions, which can make the specific effect of a medication error difficult to identify. Our Miami medical malpractice lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to prove that wrongdoing was committed and the specific effect that it had, and we are prepared to take action on your case today. Below, we have provided basic information about some of the common types of medication errors.
Medication errors frequently happen when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication for a patient's health situation. A patient can be harmed by medication if the doctor misdiagnoses their illness or condition, or if the doctor simply writes the wrong medication prescription. These errors typically occur because doctors are rushing to see as many patients as possible. In other situations, medication errors happen when a patient gets too little or too much of a certain drug. When a patient is under the care of a nurse and the nurse administers the incorrect amount, that nurse may be liable.
These cases become significantly more serious when a patient is under anesthesia. Anesthesia errors can easily result in permanent injury, brain damage, or death. Anesthesiologists are responsible to ensure the safety of a patient while under a certain type of anesthesia, and errors can happen when a patient receives too much anesthesia or when the anesthesiologist fails to monitor a patient's vital signs.
When you need a qualified lawyer for your medical malpractice case in Coral Gables, look to Mesa Law Firm for the dedicated help you deserve. Our firm has a grasp on the complex medical malpractice laws in Florida, and we handle these cases on a frequent basis for all types of clients. We believe that your complaint is valid and we work tirelessly to obtain the evidence and proof you need to file a medical malpractice claim. There is a statute of limitations that places a limit on the amount of time you have to file a malpractice claim, so call our firm as soon as possible.
We offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your injuries, and we are committed to securing the maximum amount of compensation available for you.