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Medication Errors

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Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Prescription medicines are one of the most important modern medical advances, improving the lives of many by treating persistent ailments, alleviating pain, accelerating recovery, and overall promoting healthier and longer lifespans. However, the benefits afforded by prescription medicines can only be achieved through proper usage. Patients trust their doctors and pharmacists to prescribe and dispense the correct medication, dosage, and strength to treat their ailments effectively. Unfortunately, doctors and pharmacists are prone to human error. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, approximately 7,000 to 9,000 people die due to medication errors each year throughout the United States.

If you’ve or a loved one has suffered severe or fatal injuries due to medication errors, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our Nevada law firm today to request a free, no-obligation case consultation!

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Common Types Of Medication Errors

Medication errors can occur with prescription medications, generic drugs, and even over-the-counter drugs. Some of the most common medication errors occur when a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist does the following.

  • Prescribes an incorrect dosage
  • Prescribes the wrong medication
  • Ignores patient drug allergies
  • Gives one patient another patient’s drugs
  • Overprescribes opioids
  • Prescribes medication that causes negative drug interactions
  • Provides inaccurate instructions for ingestion frequency
  • Fails to warn patients of side effects

Who Is Responsible For Medication Errors?

Every case of medical malpractice, especially as it pertains to medication errors, will be unique. Accordingly, a few different parties could be held liable for injuries suffered from medication errors depending upon the specifics of your case, including the following.

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Hospital Staff

Additionally, drug manufacturing companies may be held liable for injuries from failing to include proper use instructions or information about certain risks.

What Compensation Can I Recover?

If you’ve suffered injury or had an existing condition exacerbated by medication errors, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A few of the most common compensable damages for medication error claims include the following.

  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss Of Present & Future Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life
  • Property Damage
  • Punitive Damages
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How A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help

For a claimant to secure compensation in a medical malpractice claim, they must prove that the medical professional in question failed to meet the expected standard of care and that this negligence directly led to an injury that is worth compensation. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can help you file your claim in a timely fashion, prove the negligent party failed to meet the standard of care, and pursue maximum compensation for your damages. Contact Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP today to schedule a free consultation!

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