While most Americans are aware of the risk of medical malpractice when undergoing a surgical procedure, suffering an injury from a bad prescription doesn't usually cross their minds. Unfortunately, thousands of individuals suffer injuries or die from medication errors each year. Any time a prescription is written, there are numerous people who must perform tasks before that prescription is filled and given to the patient. An error by any of the individuals who have to handle a prescription can have disastrous consequences. When a medical professional commits a prescription error, it may be the result of negligence. As a result, individuals who have suffered an injury due to a medical professional's negligence may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The New York medication error lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool have been defending the rights of unnecessarily injured patients for over 50 years. We realize that errors in medication may cause patients to suffer severe hardships. As a result, we are committed to helping get our clients' lives back on track by pursuing compensation for them in court.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or illness due to a medical professional's prescription error, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free, no obligation consultation, call 212.406.1700 or contact us online. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will review your claim to see how we may be able to help you.What Caused Your Medication Error?
After suffering an injury from a medical professional's medication error, victims often wonder how this could happen. Medication errors can be caused by a number of factors. Unfortunately most instances of medication errors could have been avoided had a medical professional who handled the prescription used proper care. The following are common causes of medication errors that may have resulted from a medical professional's negligence:
- The dosage was misread. In some cases the medical professional filling a prescription will misread the dosage and prescribe to much or too little medicine. For instance, a doctor may prescribe .1 MG of a given drug, but the medical professional fills 1.0 MG.
- The prescribing doctor ignored the patient's medical history. When the patient's medical history is ignored, they may suffer severe injury if they are allergic to the prescribed drug or it can't be combined with their other medication.
- The patient was not monitored properly. When a drug with potential harmful side effects is prescribed, the patient may need to be monitored by a physician. The failure to monitor the patient can result in severe injury or sickness.
It is important for injured individuals to keep in mind that suffering harm from medication is not necessarily grounds for a lawsuit. Individuals who have suffered an injury or illness from a medication error only have a valid suit if the medical professional's mistake was the result of negligence. For instance, if a patient was prescribed medication they are allergic too, but there was no record of allergies in their medical history, they may not have grounds for a lawsuit.We Handle Wrongful Death Lawsuits for Prescription Errors
In many cases a medical professional's prescription error can prove to be fatal. When an individual dies due to a prescription mistake, their family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. In a wrongful death lawsuit, families of deceased victims can recover compensation for any economic or non-economic damages caused by the error in medication. Families can receive economic damages for any lost wages, medical bills incurred before death, and funeral costs. Victims' families are also eligible to receive non-economic damages such as any pain the victim suffered before death, loss of consortium, and loss of parental guidance. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our wrongful death lawyers have been helping victims' families obtain compensation for their losses for over 50 years. Our lawyers understand the emotional and financial hardships placed on a family following the unexpected death of a loved one. We realize we cannot help ease the emotional pain caused by a loved one's death. As a result, we are committed to pursuing maximum compensation to help ease the financial burden created by this loss.
Have you lost a family member because of a medication error? If so, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on your deceased loved one's behalf. For a free consultation to discuss your legal options, call 212.406.1700 or contact us online.