Attorneys for Medication Errors in New York
Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald has over 30 years of hospital malpractice experience, including cases of hospital medication error. Many of these claims resulted in multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements, including the top medical malpractice jury verdict in the nation in 2002--$94.8 Million (Lawyers Weekly, USA).
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A hospital medication error is usually the result of hospital malpractice. A hospital medication error can be the result of many mistakes:
- The wrong medication altogether may be administered;
- The improper dosage of the correct medicine may be prescribed;
- The wrong medication may be given to a person with drug allergies, someone who is taking other medications that cause adverse reaction when combined, or someone with special health considerations (i.e. liver and kidney problems) that may be affected by this wrong medication.
Nurse Medication Errors
Nurses follow the "Five Rs" in medication administration as part of their standard of care responsibilities. These include: 1) the Right medication to 2) the Right Patient in 3) the Right dose by 4) the Right route at 5) the Right time. These Rs must be adhered to so that a patient does not receive the wrong medication or medication that will injure or harm them in some way. If this standard of care is not adhered to and the wrong medication is given, the health care professional may be liable in a medical malpractice case.
Compensation for Injuries
Studies show that nine out of ten cases of wrong medication administration can be easily avoided when proper medical precautions are taken. If you or someone you love suspects or has knowledge that they have received the wrong medication from a health care professional, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your illness or injury. A wrong medication medical malpractice victim has the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, disability, and pain and suffering.
To find out about your rights and options in a wrong medication case, please contact Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald to confer with a medical malpractice lawyer.
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