Most often when people hear or read about medical malpractice incidents, they have happened in the setting of a doctor's office or a hospital. This is understandable, as the kinds of medical mistakes that can take place at these locations, such as a misdiagnosis or a surgical error, tend to make the news more often than other forms of medical malpractice.
It is understandable, therefore, that if you have been to a hospital for a medical procedure and have made it home without experiencing any unexpected problems you may believe that you are out of the danger zone. Such a belief may, however, be premature. And the consequences for not being aware of the potential to be harmed by medical negligence outside of a healthcare facility can be very serious.
The thing to keep in mind is that the system of health care is broad-based and goes beyond the people that you come into contact with at a treatment facility, such as doctors and nurses. It also encompasses some locations that are not dedicated solely to medical treatment, such as pharmacy departments at retail stores. Medical malpractice can occur when anyone in the broader scope of health care commits an act of negligence.
Specifically for purposes of this post, we are referring to medication errors. They can happen for a number of reasons, and can take place even after you have left the hospital or the doctor's office. They do not need to be the result of a mistake by a doctor or a nurse, but can happen right at your local pharmacy. And they can be deadly.
Medication errors are a form of medical malpractice, and can be as actionable as any other kind of medical mistake. Every year many people die as the result of mistakes made in prescribing their medications, or errors filling out their prescriptions.
Our law firm has many years of cumulative attorney experience in handling medication error cases, including taking claims to trial. We understand how such errors can take place, and the types of individuals who can be responsible for them.
If you believe that you or a loved one may have been harmed because of a medication error, we encourage you to learn more about the subject by visiting our website.