Was Your Child Given the Wrong Dose of a Mediction?
Medication Error Lawyers
Children and babies are particularly at risk for serious medical problems or death as a result of medication errors, particularly the wrong dose of a medication. For over 30 years at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald, we have focused our practice on injuries to children. We have recovered millions for children and their families in medical malpractice cases, including the top medical malpractice verdict in the nation in 2002--$94.8 million dollars (Lawyers Weekly, USA). To contact Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald about a wrong medication (wrong drug) that was administered to your child, please call toll-free at 1-800-323-9900 or submit the firm’s online contact form.
Medication Error: Vulnerability of Child
Medication dosages are particularly important in drug administration to children because of specific age and weight factors. It is estimated that one in every eighteen prescriptions that are written for children are the wrong medication or dosage. Because of weight and age requirements, overdose is more likely in children who are given the wrong medication than in adults.
Wrong Medication: Death of Baby or Child
Every year children die as a result of wrong medication administration (pediatric medication error).
- Three babies recently died after being given an adult dosage of Heparin (10,000 units/mL), instead of the correct dosage (10 units/mL). The bottles of both dosages had similar blue labels.A 12-year-old girl died after a nurse inadvertently gave her a double dose of a drug.
- A 5-year-old autistic boy died because the wrong medication was administered during a controversial treatment for the disease. He received Disodium EDTA instead of Calcium Disodium EDTA. The generic names are Versinate and Endrate. They sound similar, both medications are clear, colorless, and odorless – hence the fatal mistake.
These are a very few of the hundreds of examples of babies and children dying after a pediatric medication error. Read more about wrong medication death. If your child was given the wrong medication (if you were told or you suspect that it happened), contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald by calling toll-free at 1-800-323-9900 or submitting the firm’s online contact form. If you retain our firm, we will immediately investigate your case. With our experience, skills, and resources, we will fight for you and your child.
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