Injuries due to a medication error continue to increase each year. When there has been a mistake with a medication that causes an injury to the patient, it is considered medical malpractice. The effects of medical negligence can reach outside of a hospital or doctor’s office walls. In fact, this carelessness can even follow you into your home.
Medical negligence is intentional or unintentional harm that a patient suffers due to their level of care falling below the standard. If a patient is receiving prescriptions, they are still considered to be under a doctor’s care. When a medication injures a patient, anyone who was involved with prescribing that medication could be liable.
Who is Responsible for My Injury?
Common medication errors are scripts list the wrong medication or the wrong amount. Negligence can also involve a medication not being administered in the correct way. For example, a shot when it should have been a pill. Healthcare providers are liable due to carelessness in a majority of medication error cases. They can even be held accountable for things like bad handwriting.
Occasionally a medication is labeled incorrectly. If this occurs during the manufacturing process, before it reaches a pharmacy, it will likely be considered a product liability case, leaving the manufacturer responsible. If the mistake happens under a pharmacist’s care, that person will be liable for medical malpractice. Blame can also fall on the pharmacist if the patient is not given proper warning of any potential side effects of a medication.
If you or a loved one has been injured from a prescribed medication, speak to an injury attorney at Donald G. Targan & Associates today. Call (609)348-1106 for a free initial consultation.