For people in Boston, having to be admitted to the hospital or requiring treatment from a physician can be a nerve-wracking experience. What can make the situation worse, however, is when there is a prescription medication error or an anesthesia error. The ramifications can range from the problem not being fixed, the illness becoming worse, or even death. Patients trust medical professionals not to give the wrong drug or make a dosage mistake, but it happens quite frequently with dangerous results.
Recently, a woman checked her epileptic daughter into the hospital and found that she was given five times the prescribed amount of her medicine. Because of her epilepsy, the child is taken to the hospital often. While she was there, the mother noticed that she was being given an unusual pill. When she questioned the hospital staff, she was told the child had been given the medication for three doses. After this happened, the child suffered from tremors, had trouble when she tried to stand and walk. In addition, she was not given her epileptic medicine for the week as her side effects from the extra medication were treated.
Depending on the situation and the medication, administering an incorrect drug can have damaging results. When a prescription medication error occurs, it is important that the person who was harmed and the family are aware of what happened and that any decline in health after the fact might have been caused by the mistake. It is the responsibility of the medical professionals to make sure that a dosage mistake or wrong drug errors are not made. If they are, the victims have the right to consider pursuing compensation for their injuries in the aftermath.
When these types of mistakes happen, regardless of the severity of the injury or mistake, those involved can sift through the sometimes complicated details with the assistance of an experienced legal attorney. In some cases damages may be filed in order to possibly receive compensation for the mistake and any harm done.
Source: KWCH.com, “Mom says daughter received 5x prescribed medication at Wichita hospital,” Jade DeGood, May 7, 2014