When a Pennsylvanian seeks treatment from a medical professional and medication is provided or prescribed, there is an inherent trust that the medication will be given in its proper amount, in the correct dosage and for the right duration. However, it is an unfortunate reality that mistakes can be made. When it is a medication error, it can lead to a worsened medical condition, personal injury and death. Those who have been harmed or had a loved one harmed because of a medication error should remember their rights to seek compensation in a lawsuit.
There are numerous ways in which a medication error can come about. They include: the wrong medication being prescribed; overdosing or giving less than they were supposed to; not giving the medication when it is necessary or in the correct situation; not monitoring patients to check for potential side effects; not checking the patient's history and potential interactions with other medications; not explaining the medication and its side effects; continuing to give the patient the medication if side effects are occurring; mistakes by the pharmacy; and giving patients medications that have similar names but are different.
Estimates state that as many as 25 percent of all legal cases involving medical errors in Pennsylvania are linked to prescriptions. When a mistake of this kind is made, it could have been due to a doctor error, a mistake by a nurse, a pharmacist mistake or an error on the part of the manufacturer. Knowing who is responsible is an essential part of any legal case.
There are many more potential problems from medication errors and if a person suffers side effects, becomes ill or dies, thinking about whether it might have been a medication error can be the key to garnering evidence and pursuing compensation. People who are dealing with a sick loved one or see that person die unexpectedly might not put the pieces together to determine that it was a medication mistake. A legal professional can examine the circumstances and look at the evidence to see if there were mistakes made by the medical professionals. If there were, it can be the foundation for a medical malpractice lawsuit.