All it takes is one medication error to result in significant harm to a patient. Medications provided in hospitals and pharmacies alike can cause harm when mistakes are made. A mistake might be made by the pharmacist, nurse, or doctor. Being aware of how these medication errors happen might make it easier for you to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for compensation. Ask a Jackson medical malpractice lawyer for help if you have questions.
Types of Medication Errors
There are several types of medication errors to be aware of that can help you pinpoint the error that caused you harm. Medication errors can happen during almost any stage, whether this is during prescribing, administration, instruction, or monitoring stages. Any of the following errors can happen during the prescribing stage alone:
- Wrong prescription
- Unauthorized medication
- Incorrect patient
- Inaccurate patient information
Administration of the medication can also come with a variety of errors regardless of the route of administration. Whether the patient is taking the medication at home or being given the medication in a hospital, many medication errors can fall onto the medical staff. Medical workers may accidentally give the wrong medication to the wrong patient. The wrong dose might be provided.
Instruction errors happen when the medication label has an error or a medical professional fails to provide proper directions. This includes directions on how to use the medication, allergy warnings, safety warnings, and when to follow up with the doctor. Failing to explain important instructions for how often to take the medication, when to not drive, and what medications to not mix is a serious error.
Monitoring errors can happen when doctors and other medical professionals fail to follow up on patient complaints. When a patient mentions side effects, doctors and pharmacists are expected to take this seriously, especially if they know the side effects indicate a major issue. Not following up could lead to patient harm if the medication is not adjusted.
Medication Error Causes
There are also several factors that increase the chances of a medication error. The most common causes of medication errors include:
- Miscommunication with patients or medical staff
- Illegible handwritten prescriptions
- Missing patient information
- Dosing errors
- Wrong medication errors
- Similar sounding medication names
- Improper preparation of medication
- Sampling of medications
- Dispensing the wrong drug
- Providing expired medications
Identifying what caused the medication error you experienced is an important step in filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. To file a lawsuit, you will be expected to prove the medication error type and cause. This helps establish negligence. Then you can start proving the damages you suffered as a result.
Contact a Jackson malpractice lawyer to find out what other legal steps to take. A lawyer can help you find ways to maximize your compensation.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Jackson
Filing a medical malpractice claim can feel intimidating. Feel free to contact the Germany Law Firm, PLLC by dialing (601) 487-0555 to talk to a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney for a consultation today. Our legal team might be able to increase your chances of compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income. We are located throughout Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford, and other cities in Mississippi.