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Medication errors can be serious and life-threatening

Unfortunately, even when considering advances in technology, medication errors still occur. Medication errors can be serious and life-threatening. The wrong dosage of a medication can cause serious injuries and in the worst cases, can be fatal. When a doctor, nurse, pharmacy or hospital has caused a medication error, they may be liable to the victim and their family that have suffered the harm as a result of their medical negligence.

Medical malpractice circumstances and medication errors can be complex. Because medication treatment requires prescribing, filling and administering the medication, there are several opportunities for errors to occur and medical professionals that may be liable for medical negligence if a medication error has been made. If the medication is improperly prescribed, improperly filled or improperly administered, the medical professional responsible for the medication error may be liable to compensate the victim for the damages suffered.

Medication errors can include when an incorrect dosage is prescribed, fulfilled or administered; when the wrong medication is prescribed, fulfilled or administered; when nurses or pharmacy staff are improperly supervised; when the wrong prescription is filled or sent to the hospital or a pharmacy; when there is a failure to identify a serious drug interaction; or when there is a failure to properly obtain the medical history of the patient.

A medical malpractice claim for damages may help victims of medication errors recover compensation for their damages. As a result, it is important for victims of medication errors and their families to be familiar with medical malpractice protections and how they can help them.

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