Medication Errors in Atlanta, Georgia
Data indicates that more than half of Americans regularly take at least one prescription medication. Many individuals are on multiple medications, and more than half are taking medications prescribed by more than one provider. Many of these medications are necessary to treat dangerous health conditions. Of course, medications can come with serious side effects, and if mistakes are made related to the patient’s medication, the result can be severe or fatal. It is incredibly important that all medical professionals prescribing medications use caution when doing so and that pharmacists and others administering those drugs do so with a great deal of care. If medication is not properly administered and the patient suffers injuries as a result, the patient and his or her family likely have a claim against the providers whose negligence led to that harm. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a medication error, contact The Moses Firm today at 404-721-1050 to discuss your claim with one of our dedicated medical malpractice attorneys.
How do Medication Errors Occur?
Nurses are specifically trained about the 8 “rights” when administered medications; that is, to administer the (1) right medication; (2) to the right patient; (3) in the right dose; (4) via the right route; (5) at the right time; (6) for the right reason; (7) that elicits the right response; and (8) is confirmed with the right documentation. Sadly, mistakes can happen at any point in this process and can be caused by overworked healthcare providers who are just not paying attention. If you were injured because of a mistake made related to your medication, you should contact an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney to discuss your claim.
The Consequences of Medication Errors
There are so many medications on the market that it can be easy for a nurse or other healthcare provider to get confused. Some medications have similar names; are even manufactured in identical or similar bottles or vials; and, these medications can even be stored side by side increasing the risk of an error. These medical errors become actionable cases when a serious injury occurs. Sometimes these medication errors will cause someone’s death or they will cause a condition called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome where some develops a severe skin reaction. If you or your loved one have suffered a medication error, it is important to pursue all forms of compensation. Contact an attorney to discuss your options.
What Damages are Available in a Successful Claim Based on Medication Errors?
The damages available following a medication error will depend on a number of case-specific factors. In serious cases, patients have been able to collect damages adding up to millions of dollars as a result of medication mistakes. Damages are at least in part related to the economic loss caused by your injuries. If the reaction to the medication error led to a need for immediate medical treatment, those costs would be included in the damage as would any ongoing medical needs, rehabilitation, and future projected medical costs. Patients who miss time from work or suffer employment and income-related losses can also recover for those damages. Of course, economic losses are only a small part of what these injuries can do to individuals and their families. Courts also allow plaintiffs to collect damages for pain and suffering and the impact the injuries had on their life. In the event of a tragic wrongful death claim, the family can seek damages related to funeral expenses, loss of support, and the loss of consortium. To learn more about the damages that apply in your particular case, contact an experienced Atlanta, Georgia, medical malpractice attorney.
Call the Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys at The Moses Firm Today
At The Moses Firm, our attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that our clients recover the compensation to which they are entitled. We understand how devastating it can be to suffer injuries at the hands of the healthcare workers whose job it is to care for patients. Call us today at 404-721-1050 for a free consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.