Medical Mistake Lawyer In Cleveland, OH
It should come as no surprise, given all the prescription drug medication ads on television, that about 55 percent of Americans take at least one prescription medication on a regular basis. There are even millions more who have prescribed medication for a temporary condition, such as an antibiotic or pain medication. When a patient is given a prescription from their doctor, have it filled at their local pharmacy, and go home and take that medication, they assume that the medicine is safe and that the amount of the dose prescribed is correct. Tragically, it is far too common for some medical professionals in that process to have made a mistake, leading to serious harm to the patient, sometimes even death. If you live in Ohio and you or a loved one have been a victim of a medication error, talk to a medical mistake lawyer Cleveland, OH victims trust to find out what legal recourse you may have.
A medication error is legally defined as, “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer.” There are more than 100,000 medication error complaints filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) every year.
Each SUP clients trust from our firm has handled many medication error cases. Some of the more frequent errors that are made that result in malpractice are:
- Patient is given the incorrect dose of medication.
- Patient is given medication that has an incorrect label.
- Patient is given medication that they are allergic to.
- Patient has been given medication that dangerously interacts with other medications they are taking.
- Patient is given the wrong medication.
Liability for a Medication Error
There are a number of potentially liable parties when a patient has been harmed because of a medication error. It could be the doctor who prescribed the medication, the pharmacy that filled the medication, the nurse or other medical professional who gave the patient the medication. If a medical malpractice lawsuit is filed, the medical facility or pharmacy where the medication error happened could also be held liable.
A malpractice lawsuit can be filed if the patient suffered an injury and that injured caused losses, both economic and non-economic. The victim’s attorney will investigate to determine who was responsible for the medication error that harmed the patient and which party or parties are responsible for that financial compensation the victim may be entitled to. Some of these damages include:
- The medical expenses to treat the health condition caused by the medication error.
- The loss of income and benefits the victim suffered while they recovered from the health condition the medication error caused.
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Chronic health issues or permanent damage or disability the medication error has left the patient with.
Anyone who has suffered an injury because of a medication error should contact Mishkind Kulwicki Law Co., L.P.A. and schedule a free and confidential consultation with a medical mistake lawyer in Cleveland, OH. Call our office today.