Medication & Prescription Error Lawyers
Medical prescription errors occur in many different forms. Medical professionals are responsible for ensuring that the medication used in a specific clinical setting is right for the patient, correctly dosed, administered at the right times and under the proper circumstances. They also need to take full account of the patient’s other medications, medical conditions, drug allergies and other factors.
In some cases, medical prescription error is obvious. For example, the doctor prescribes 10 milligrams of a particular drug, and the pharmacist supplied 100-milligram capsules. Or, a nurse might have given a hospital patient the drugs intended for another patient with a similar name or in an adjacent bed. Other situations suggest more subtle errors, such as the failure to account for drug interactions, allergies, or such patient characteristics as age, sex, weight or medical history.
Any of several medical professionals can be defendants in a medication error lawsuit, and an experienced medical malpractice lawyer will commence the action against as many defendants as the evidence shows played a role in the patient’s unfavorable outcome. The defendants can include primary care or emergency physicians, consulting specialists, nurses and the hospitals that employ them, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, pharmacists and pharmacies. Regardless of which professional appears to be most directly responsible for the mistake that injured or killed the patient, the success of the case will depend upon an attorney’s ability to show not only that a particular defendant committed a crucial error, but that the mistake was of a kind that represented a violation of a recognized standard of care within the particular medical field or specialty — thus the importance of expert medical evaluation and support for the plaintiff’s claims.
We represent clients who have sustained injury because of the lack of care in administering medication before, during or after a medical procedure, such as:
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication
- Prescribing or administering the wrong dosage
- Failing to conduct a complete workup to determine potential allergies or reactions to medication
At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, we pursue medical malpractice claims and prescription error cases on behalf of people who have been seriously injured through negligence in prescriptions or use of medications. If you need to understand your legal options if a disability or death in your family may have been caused by a serious mistake on the part of a doctor, nurse, or pharmacy, discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. With more than 30 years of trial experience in complex negligence litigation, Attorney Jim McEldrew understands what it takes to investigate, develop and prove damage claims for injuries caused by prescription errors. He works with highly qualified medical professionals to identify just what went wrong with the prescription or use of a particular drug. Our medical experts can also present clear explanations of the ways an error on the part of a physician, nurse or pharmacist led to the patient’s injury or death.
Don’t hesitate to contact our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.