Medication Errors And Complications

Medication errors are a frequent cause of injury in the health care setting. Patients may be provided too much medication, too little or simply the wrong medication. These medication errors can have devastating consequences for the patient, resulting in serious injury or death. In fact, according to a report from The Institute of Medicine, up to 7,000 patients die annually in the United States as a result of medication errors.

Representation Following Medication Complication And Medication Allergic Reactions

If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of a medication error, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. At Garau Germano, P.C., our attorneys are equipped to assess your claim and seek compensation for you where negligence in the prescription or administration of a medication has caused you serious harm.

A medication error may result from something as simple as a misplaced decimal point, causing a patient to receive 5 milligrams of a medication when she should have received only .5 milligrams. Medication errors also occur when the health care provider fails to consider the potential interaction between the drug he is prescribing and medications that his patient is already taking, or fails to note a patient's known allergy to a medication.

The health care provider prescribing the medication is not always at fault for a medication error. Frequently, the pharmacist filling the prescription is the source of the problem. The pharmacist may fill a prescription with a medication that resembles the medication that was actually prescribed, or with a medication that has a name that is similar to the drug that was actually prescribed. Or the pharmacist may simply provide the patient with a drug that was intended for a different patient.

Medication errors frequently lead to serious harms. Overdoses of potent drugs or the prescription of a drug to which the patient is allergic can lead to brain damage, coma or death. Additionally, physicians who fail to use appropriate care in prescribing certain medications may cause their patients to develop crippling drug addictions.

The attorneys at Garau Germano, P.C., have substantial experience in pursuing claims for medical malpractice arising from medication errors. Examples of some of the medication error cases our firm has successfully pursued are:

  • A nine-year-old girl receives 200 times the recommended dose of radioactive iodine during a thyroid scan, resulting in the girl having a likelihood of developing thyroid cancer in her lifetime.
  • A 37-year-old man is prescribed six times the appropriate dosage of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, resulting in the patient's death.
  • A 13-year-old girl is administered fentanyl with Valium and other central nervous system depressants while hospitalized, resulting in the girl's death.

To learn more about how we can represent your interests in cases of medication or pharmacy errors and complications, please contact a lawyer at our Indianapolis, Indiana, law firm today at 317-643-4232 or toll free at 800-631-6743.