What Happens After a Medication Error by a Doctor?
While physicians have the background and knowledge to help people when they fall ill, they are fallible human beings. Even further, not all physicians have the same background and level of expertise, especially for more specialized conditions. In some cases, they may think the medication will help solve a medical issue and it winds up being the wrong choice. In other cases, there may be a clerical error in writing the script.
Prescribing medication is arguably the most important thing a doctor does. While seeing the patient has its importance, the end goal is to find the right medication or recommendation to help the patient fight off the ailment. However, when the wrong medication is administered, it does more than put a hitch in the proper regime needed. Instead, it puts the patient at risk for an adverse reaction, including allergic reactions and death.
The types of errors that can occur are widespread. Even when the medication is correct, the dosage could be wrong, which can have its own poor effects. For instance, if a patient has too much of certain drugs, they could be at much higher risk for complications and side effects. When a patient is not given enough, it may be the same as though they were not on medication at all. Depending on the ailment, this could have devastating effects. Even worse, when the wrong medication is prescribed, a patient could have an allergic reaction they otherwise would not have suffered.
Consequences of Medication Errors for Physicians
Writing an inaccurate prescription is considered negligence and could be grounds for a medical malpractice. In Connecticut, there are strict laws and regulations that protect patients from negligent acts. These laws aim to give fair compensation to patients that are victim to a negligent doctor. For patients who die as a result of the medication error, a wrongful death case is nearly the same as a medical malpractice lawsuit but is used in cases where the victim dies.
However, medication error lawsuits are difficult to prove. The first part of a medical malpractice suit is to prove that negligence occurred, which means the right person must be named. This means knowing who prescribe and issued the medication. This could be many different staff members. At our law firm, we do the right research and have the resources to uncover who is liable for injury suffered by an unknowing patient. Contact us today to find out how our team can help your case.