To ensure that patients are kept safe, prescription medications must always be properly prescribed and administered. Unfortunately, serious or fatal consequences can result when prescription errors are made by medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, or hospital staff.
Serious medication errors can include prescribing or administering the wrong medication; administering the incorrect dosage of a medication; anesthesia errors; hospital pharmacy errors and doctor and nurse errors which can sometimes result in fatal medication errors. Any type of medication error can be a costly error which can result in serious harm or even death.
It is important that victims and family members of victims who have suffered harm due to a medication error are familiar with personal injury and wrongful death options that may be available to help them. Medical malpractice options may be available to victims wrongfully harmed by the carelessness, or negligence, of medical professionals or hospital staff. Depending on the circumstances, victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered.
In general, personal injury claim options allow victims to recover damages for the physical, financial and emotional challenges they have suffered as a result another party's negligence such as when a medical professional has been medically negligent or because of hospital negligence. In addition, family members of victims of medical malpractice or hospital negligence may be able to recover damages including funeral and medical expenses, the loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages among other types of damages. Prescription errors and medical malpractice are serious which is why the legal process works to protect victims and to assist them when they have been harmed.