Most Michigan readers are no doubt aware that scientists have created numerous medications to help us live longer and treat ailments for which there was previously no cure or relief. Most of these medications require that they be prescribed, filled and given with care. A medication error by a doctor, nurse or pharmacist could result in serious, permanent or fatal injuries to patients.
The potential for mistakes begins with the doctor. If accurate medical and family histories are not taken, the fact that a patient has an allergy to certain medication or a possible drug interaction might be missed. This could lead to dire health consequences for the patient. The wrong dosage could cause an individual to overdose as well.
The same consequences can occur if a pharmacist misreads the prescription or gives the patient the wrong medication. Even if the type of drug is correct, the pharmacist could give dispense it in the wrong dosage. Nurses might also misread a doctor’s orders regarding medication while a patient is hospitalized. A patient might also give a nurse information regarding drug allergies. If the nurse fails to pass on that information to the doctor, a patient could go into anaphylactic shock, which could lead to permanent medical issues or death.
Regardless of what or who caused the medication error that you or a loved one suffered, the medical professional or professionals believed to be responsible may be held accountable. A Michigan attorney can review your case and file a medical malpractice suit seeking a monetary judgment for the damages you suffered or for the loss of a loved one. Any restitution received could help with the unexpected expenses incurred due to the error.