The administration, prescription, and dispensing of improper medication to a patient can happen at any time at any medical facility or pharmacy. Shockingly, medication errors – including those involving improper medication – affect over one million patients annually. Unfortunately, many of these improper medication errors cause allergic reactions, painful side effects, and other temporary and permanent injuries to innocent patients. Call a Connecticut medication error lawyer for legal guidance.
Our dedicated medical malpractice legal team has successfully brought many improper medication cases against hospitals, physicians, nurses, and pharmacies. Some of the improper medication mistakes we see all too frequently include the following:
The administration, prescription, or dispensing of improper medication can lead to a countless number of dangerous consequences for patients. Some errors may result in minor injuries while others may be fatal.
Medical care providers, including pharmacists, are very aware of how dangerous it can be for a patient to receive improper medication whether it is administered in a hospital setting or ingested at home. Yet, improper medication mistakes happen way too much. Even worse, the vast majority of these mistakes are preventable.
When such mistakes are discovered, the subsequent investigations almost always conclude that the improper medication error occurred due to a provider’s inattention to detail, such as in the following instances:
The number of urgent care centers in the United States is growing at an exponential rate. In fact, new facilities seem to pop up throughout Connecticut all the time. Seeking medical treatment at an urgent care center is often a great option for injured or sick patients because 1) patient wait times generally are much shorter than those of emergency departments, and 2) because urgent care facilities typically charge much lower prices than hospitals.
Moreover, because urgent care centers treat patients with various minor illnesses and injuries, there is a noticeable decrease in the day-to-day burdens placed on hospital emergency rooms. This, in turn, allows emergency medical care personnel to focus their time and resources on patients with serious medical conditions.
However, the convenience and accessibility of urgent care centers do not come without certain risks to patients. For example, the physicians and medical staff at these facilities oftentimes cannot access your medical history, charts, and other pertinent information because they may not be affiliated with your primary care providers. In most cases, the urgent care providers simply take your word regarding the medications you take, allergies, medical conditions, etc.
Regardless of these limitations, urgent care centers and their staff are not exempt from claims of medical practice, including improper medication errors. If an urgent care center’s treatment of a patient is below the accepted medical standard of care, a medical malpractice situation could arise.
In order to initiate a medical malpractice case, such as one alleging an improper medication error, Connecticut law mandates that the injured party’s attorney first conducts a reasonable and thorough investigation to determine if, in good faith, a viable claim exists.
Our knowledgeable Connecticut medical error lawyers have extensive experience reviewing and investigating medical records, witness statements, applicable statutes and case law, and seeking medical opinions regarding the facts, the applicable standard of medical care, and injury causation.
Our goal is to identify all legal theories that may apply to your specific circumstances, so that if at all possible, we can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
If you suffered injuries because you received improper medication due to someone’s negligence, you should speak with a Connecticut medication error lawyer about your legal rights. The malpractice attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna have successfully handled injury and wrongful death cases involving medical negligence and malpractice such as improper medication mistakes.