Medication errors can have serious consequences for victims. It is important to understand medication errors, how they happen and for victims to be familiar with liability for them if they have been harmed by a medication error.
The high cost of medication errors
Medica errors and other drug-related mistakes pose serious risks for patients. Medical errors contribute to avoidable deaths in hospitals. Medical professionals should follow safety practices to avoid medication errors and help ensure patient safety. Medical mistakes in hospitals overall cause 98,000 deaths each year. This is greater than annual deaths from breast cancer, AIDS or car accidents. Medication errors specifically cause more deaths each year than workplace injuries.
Legal resources to help victims of medication errors
Medication errors and medical malpractice generally can be costly for victims physically, financially and emotionally. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims recover compensation to help with the various aspects of their damages. Whether the victim has been harmed in a hospital setting or otherwise, medical care professionals can be liable for medication errors. Doctors, nurses and other medical care providers may all be liable for medication errors and the damages they cause. Victims and their families may be able to bring a medical malpractice personal injury or wrongful death claim for damages depending on the situation and circumstances.
Legal remedies help hold medical care professionals that administer the wrong medication or the wrong dosage accountable. For that reason, victims of medication errors should be familiar with medical malpractice legal resources.