New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Fights for Victims of Hospital Medication Mistakes
Nobody wants to go to a hospital; we go because we are injured or sick and we rely on doctors and nurses to use their expertise heal us. However, when healthcare workers cause more harm than help – such as making a negligent medication error – patients may suffer significant injury and even wrongful death.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing or medical malpractice in a hospital, whether you suffered the effects of a wrong prescription medicine, got injured after a fall, or weren’t properly monitored after a surgical procedure, you may be entitled to financial damages for your injuries.
Contact hospital negligence lawyer Barry Sugarman for a free consultation about your case. He knows you are suffering because of someone else’s mistake and he is passionate about helping families, like yours, hold healthcare workers responsible for their mistakes.
Medication Mistakes Happen Too Much in in Hospitals Throughout NJ and the US
There are more than 10,000 medications on the market and available by prescription in the United States. Moreover, almost a third of adults in this country take five or more prescription drugs on a regular basis, according to the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality. It only makes sense that medication errors are going to happen. It’s startling, however, to learn how often patients in hospitals are injured when healthcare workers are negligent regarding prescription medications.
- More than 1.5 million people are injured as a result of preventable mistakes every year in US hospitals, reports the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
- Medication mistakes, also called “adverse drug events,” affect almost five percent of all hospitalized patients in the US. This statistic makes medication errors one of the most common types of medical malpractice that occurs in hospital settings.
- Keep in mind, we are talking about actual mistakes, negligent behavior, made by hospital staff – nurses, doctors and other skilled healthcare workers. Patients who experience adverse drug reactions – for example, an allergic reaction to a prescribed drug that wasn’t previously experienced and therefore couldn’t have been predicted – is a “non-preventable” adverse drug experience. These reactions, “side effects,” happen regardless of what a healthcare worker does or doesn’t do. Therefore, negligence may only be an issue when the adverse reaction is not managed correctly or in a timely manner.
- Regardless, if you or someone you love has been the victim of a medication error in a hospital, you should have an attorney investigate whether this was negligence and could have been prevented. Please contact lawyer Barry Sugarman today for strong and compassionate legal representation. He will work tirelessly to get your family the maximum compensation allowed by law.
What are the Most Common Medication Errors that Happen in NJ Hospitals?
- Prescribing Choice: When the doctor selects a medication that is either contraindicated with your existing medications or known allergies.
- Dosage & Delivery: Mistakes in the dosage amount given, the way it’s administered or the speed at which it’s delivered to the body
- Instruction Errors: Doctor’s orders are not followed because instructions weren’t clear. This includes illegible prescriptions or the doctor giving wrong instructions.
- Omission Mistakes: If a dose of medication is not administered or drugs are not delivered based on the ordered schedule, serious injuries can occur.
- Illegitimate Administration: Only authorized healthcare workers are permitted to administer medication. If someone other than an authorized individual gave the drug, or if the medication was prescribed by an illegitimate source, it may be considered negligent medical malpractice.
- Faulty Product: When the medication administered is out of date or the chemical compound has been otherwise compromised
- Monitoring Mistakes: After certain medications are administrated, patients must be closely monitored for appropriate response.
Contact NJ Attorney Barry Sugarman Today for a Free Consultation About Your Hospital Malpractice Case
Some lawyers align themselves with Big Business and insurance companies. Barry Sugarman is NOT one of them. He fights for people, like you and your family, who have been victimized by abuse and negligence in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. He will fight tirelessly for your right to be heard and financially compensated for your injuries. He will so everything possible to hold the responsible parties liable for the injuries they’ve caused you.
Contact Mr. Sugarman today for a free consultation. He has offices in Somerville and Marlton, NJ, and he serves clients from Somerset County to Camden County and throughout New Jersey. When your injuries prevent you from coming to him, Mr. Sugarman will come to you. Call today for sound, compassionate legal guidance about your medical malpractice case.
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