Medication Errors and Medical Malpractice
Experienced Medication Error Lawyers in Jackson, MS
Medication errors are some of the most common mistakes in the medical field and inspire countless medical malpractice lawsuits each year. The most dangerous cases involve doctors prescribing the wrong drug or instructing patients to take an inappropriate combination of drugs. Sadly, these kinds of mistakes can result in serious injuries, overdoses, and even accidental deaths.
If you or someone you love has been harmed or killed by a medication error, ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP can help. We fight when other firms won’t, and we can help you find out what went wrong and who to hold accountable.
Call us at (601) 265-6869 and tell us what happened today.
Who Is Liable for Prescription Errors?
To obtain a prescription, you usually have to talk to a doctor and a pharmacist – at minimum. Anyone involved in supplying you a drug can be liable for malpractice, but liability will largely depend on when and where the error took place. If a physician or nurse prescribes or administers the wrong medication, for example, they will be liable for any injuries you sustain as a result. If a physician prescribes the correct medication, and the pharmacist gives you the wrong drug, the pharmacist will be liable for your injuries.
In some cases, multiple parties may be liable. Consider a situation in which a pharmacist cannot read a doctor’s handwriting, for instance. The doctor could be held liable for making a careless prescription and the pharmacist could be held liable for failing to call and clarify. Similarly, hospitals are sometimes responsible for the behavior of their employees, so if a nurse gives you a drug you’re allergic to, both the nurse and the hospital may be responsible.
Getting to the bottom of a medication error requires careful investigation, but a good attorney can gain access to your medical records and discover where and when your providers made the mistake that harmed you.
Our Jackson medication error attorneys are ready to take on your case and help you hold the appropriate parties responsible.
What Is the Standard of Care?
When prescribing and administering medication, medical professionals must adhere to the standard of care. This means your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist must treat you with the same level of care and skill that another doctor, nurse, or pharmacist would have exercised in a similar situation.
For example, all doctors should know about a patient’s medical history and allergies before prescribing a drug. The doctor should also ask their patient if they are taking any other medications. If you have a history of addiction, your doctor should not prescribe you opioid painkillers, nor should they prescribe you a drug that will have a bad interaction with a medication you are already taking.
Medical negligence occurs when your provider fails to take these important steps. You can show the doctor failed to adhere to the standard of care by allowing another doctor to testify that they would have behaved differently in a similar situation. This is called having an expert witness.
‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP can help you find an expert witness and build other aspects of your medication case to help you prove negligence and win valuable compensation.
Why File With Our Firm?
Many people are reluctant to file medical malpractice lawsuits for a variety of reasons, but if your provider harmed you, you have every right to hold them accountable. Additionally, a successful medical error lawsuit can help you account for damages like:
- Medical bills
- Missed work
- Rehabilitative care
- Pain and suffering
- Changes to your earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you lost a loved one, you may also be able to recover funds for their funeral and burial, as well as compensation that accounts for their lost contribution to your household. When medical providers are especially negligent, you may also be entitled to punitive or exemplary damages. These damages punish and make an example of the wrongdoer to help ensure what happened to you never happens to anyone else.
‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP has a track record of successful cases, and we want to help you, too.
Our firm handles cases with an upfront, personalized approach, and we will dedicate all our resources to you and your case.
When you choose our firm, you will get:
- To work directly with one of our law partners
- Same-day responses to your phone calls
- A contingency fee arrangement (no fees unless you win)
We act as a voice for the voiceless, and we are ready to provide the tireless and effective advocacy you need to win.