Medical malpractice is a blanket term that can refer to a wide variety of errors in the medical profession. One such type of malpractice is medication error. Prescribing the correct medication is just as important as prescribing the proper dosage of the medication and administering it properly. Doctors and medical professionals sometimes make errors when it comes to medication. If such an error has led to injury or further health complications, the patient can hold the medical provider responsible. Medical Claim Legal can help you get the claim to which you are entitled.
What is Medication Error?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a sub-committee called the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis. That division specifically oversees and examines medication errors and how they are handled. The FDA defines a medication error 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 health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures and systems, including prescribing; order communication; product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature; compounding; dispensing; distribution; administration; education; monitoring; and use.”
Types of Medication Errors
There are many different types of medication errors and the consequences range from mild to severe and in some cases death. The FDA conducted a study over a six-year period in the mid-1990’s and concluded the following three types as the most frequent fatal medication errors:
- improper dose (41%)
- wrong drug (16%)
- improper or incorrect administration of drug (16%)
How can Medical Claim Legal Help?
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error, you may be entitled to compensation. Medical Claim Legal has lawyers standing by to help you with this process. The first step is to contact us today for a free consultation. Serious injury and even death can result from these errors; make sure you are getting the representation you deserve.
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