Medication mistakes have the potential to cause permanent injuries or death to patients. Take
for example the recent case of a Georgia woman whose skin “melted
off” after she was given the wrong dosage of a medication prescribed
for depression. Due to the excessive dosage she received, the woman developed
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a condition that causes the skin to peel off
and blister. The condition left the woman severely and permanently disfigured.
Medication mistakes are commonplace across the country, including here
in the District. Pharmacists, nurses and doctors may cause medication
Providing the wrong dosage: In some cases, patients are given the incorrect dosage of their medications.
This can increase the risk and severity of side effects, like in the example
described above. Depending on the type of medication, patients can overdose
and die from dosage errors. According to the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), dosage errors are the most common type of medical mistake.
Giving patients the wrong medication: Health care professionals may give patients the wrong medications. This
type of medication error is most likely to occur when two drug names share
Failing to detect a drug interaction: Doctors or pharmacists may fail to detect drug interactions while prescribing
medications. Drug interactions may cause patients to succumb to potentially
fatal health conditions. For example, serotonin syndrome can occur when
certain types of antidepressants are mixed with other medications. This
health condition is fatal if left untreated.
Not providing medications: In some cases, health care professionals may fail to follow dosage schedules.
This type of medication error can occur when patients are handed off at
the end of shifts.
Improperly administering medications: Health care professionals may administer medications incorrectly. For
example, a nurse may give a patient an IV version of a drug instead of
an oral tablet.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Medication Mistakes?
Health care professionals are required to exercise reasonable care while
treating patients. When they fail to provide services within the medical
standard of care and patients suffer injuries or death, patients or their
family members may have the option to file medical malpractice lawsuits.
Damages from a medical malpractice lawsuit can help pay for hospitals
bills, future medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, and pain and
Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help victims of medical malpractice or
their families hold negligent health care providers accountable.