There are a variety of different types of medical errors that can cause harm to victims. Medication errors are one type of medical malpractice for which medical care providers may be liable. Whatever the medical malpractice circumstances, it is helpful for victims of medical malpractice to be familiar with the legal options protecting them when a medical error has resulted in harm to the victim.
Medical errors are a serious type of medical malpractice that can injure victims and result in medical malpractice liability for the negligent medical care provider. Doctors, nurses, hospitals and other medical care providers can also be liable for medical malpractice. When a patient is prescribed the wrong medication, it may cause them harm and may also worsen their medical condition while they are not receiving the medication that they need. The incorrect dose of a medication can also result in harm to the victim.
Medication errors may take place when the victim has received the wrong medication; the wrong dosage of their medication; when their medical care provider has failed to closely review their medical records which results in an allergic reaction to a medication; when the victim is not properly advised of the potential side effects of a medication; when a contaminated medication is administered to the victim; or when the victim is not properly monitored after the medication has been prescribed and administered.
Medical malpractice legal protections can help victims of a medication error recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries from the negligent medical care provider responsible for the harm they have suffered. It is essential for victims of medication errors to understand what it means when a medical care provider has been negligent and to be aware of the medical malpractice legal protections available to them.