Helping the injured in West Virginia
Some of the most common medical errors that take place today are pharmaceutical errors. Patients can suffer long-term injury, disability, or even death when their nurse or doctor either prescribes the wrong medicine or administers the wrong type or dosage of medicine. The medical malpractice attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC help victims of these medication errors get justice.
Pharmaceutical errors are frequently caused by:
- Failure to check a patient's history
- Breakdowns in oral or written communication
- Mistakes in the labeling of medication
- Failure to properly train and supervise those who administer medication
- Lack of drug administration protocol (or failure to follow protocol).
The failure to discuss the benefits and risks associated with a drug and to obtain the patient's informed consent before prescribing is another form of medical negligence. Another major problem is the prescription of drugs for "off-label" uses, which may expose a patient to dangerous side effects. Patients who receive many different kinds of medication also are at risk - especially the risk of one drug interacting dangerously with another.
Medication errors have massive consequences for patients' lives
When there's a pharmaceutical error, patients suffer. Their condition can get worse because they are not receiving the correct medication. Or, they can experience side effects from the wrong medication. There is also a danger of receiving too high a dose. When the error is discovered, they may require further treatment, and their medical expenses continue to rise.
Pharmaceutical errors can result from the negligence of one person - for example, when a medical professional is distracted or fatigued. They can also be the product of a series of system failures in a hospital or pharmacy. We fight to hold the negligent parties accountable and recover full compensation for your injury.
Our team will go to work to make sure you're compensated
Our legal team thoroughly investigates your case, including reviewing your medical records, interviewing eyewitnesses and examining the medical equipment and medication involved. We can also consult with highly qualified medical experts who can help us determine how the error occurred. We determine the true value of your damages and fight to get you the compensation you deserve, either through a negotiated settlement or a jury trial.
We have been protecting the rights of patients and their families in Charleston and throughout West Virginia for many years. If you suffered harm as the result of a pharmaceutical error, contact us today to speak to one of our attorneys in a free consultation.