Surgical errors. Misdiagnoses. Delayed treatments. When you think about the topic of medical malpractice, these may be the things that come to mind: major medical mistakes on the part of doctors, surgeons and nurses, usually in a hospital setting. But from our perspective at Furr & Henshaw, medical malpractice is not confined to any particular location or to specific medical professionals. By being willing to step back and look at the broader scope of the medical profession, it becomes possible to see that there are more ways to become a victim of a health care error than the commonly thought-of ones.
As an example, think about what happens after you visit a doctor or a hospital. Chances are good that you will receive some prescribed medications to treat anything from post-operative pain to a specific illness or physical condition. Prescription drugs carry inherent risks if they are not used properly, or if the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage is prescribed. You need to be able to count on not only the prescribing physician but also the people who fulfill it at the pharmacists’ counter to get things right, because if they do not then you become vulnerable to different consequences, up to and including death.
It is no hyperbole to say that medication errors are a form of potentially fatal medical malpractice. In the United States thousands of people die every year from prescription drug mistakes, and it is at least statistically likely that some of those fatal errors happen right here in South Carolina. But medication errors do not need to be terminal to lead to a possible legal action for medical malpractice.
As long as you are harmed in any way, such as by the need to return to the hospital because of an accidental overdose or an adverse drug reaction or interaction among prescription drugs, you may have a solid cause of action for compensation for the economic and non-economic damages that you may suffer as a result.
Seeing medical malpractice as a systemic problem in the health care industry and not just as the province of hospitals or doctors' offices is something that our decades of experience enables us to do, and what it potentially means to you is that if you have suffered any ill effects from a prescription drug then we can help you to identify what went wrong and who was responsible.
To learn more about how medication errors fit into the broader category of medical malpractice and what can be done about it on your behalf, we suggest that you check our webpage on the subject.