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Maryland Medication Error Lawyer

One of the main ways doctors treat patients is by prescribing medications to help alleviate pain, promote healing and control chronic conditions. Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals often make medication errors that cause severe or potentially life-threatening injuries.

If you have been harmed because of a doctor’s medication error, contact a Maryland medication error lawyer right away. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering.

The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl have decades of combined experience helping our clients obtain millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries and losses. We can help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve for what you have endured.

Our law firm is paid on contingency, so there are no upfront fees, and we do not get paid unless you do. We offer a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation, so contact us today to find out how our Maryland medical malpractice attorneys can help you get your life back.

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How Do Medication Errors Happen?

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA), a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, defines a medication error as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of a health care provider, patient, or consumer.”

Medication errors can happen with take-home prescriptions as well as medicines you receive in the hospital. Doctors see many patients every day, pharmacists fill many prescriptions, and nurses give many pills and shots to patients – and mistakes can occur. However, medical professionals have a legal duty to ensure they do not make these mistakes.

If medical professionals are not careful, they can prescribe or provide:

  • Incorrect medication
  • Incorrect concentration of medicine
  • Incorrect dosage of medicine
  • Improper or insufficient medication during surgery
  • Incorrect or insufficient instructions about how to take the medicine

Being in a clinic or a hospital where doctors and nurses must administer medications to the patient can cause errors to happen, as these personnel feel that they cannot spend too much time with each patient because there are other patients they must attend to.

Doctors, nurses and pharmacists feel the pressure of having to hurry from various people, including the:

  • Facility’s administration
  • Management
  • Finance department
  • Patients’ family members
  • Patients themselves

When these medical professionals feel rushed, errors can occur, such as:

Doctor Error

Doctors can be very busy and stressed, and they may not be as careful as they should be when writing prescriptions. They may write an incorrect dosage, misspell the name of the medication (and therefore prescribe the wrong medicine), write with illegible handwriting, or give incorrect information about how frequently to take the medicine.

Doctors must be thorough in explaining all medication instructions to the patient, and those instructions must be in writing so the patient can refer to them. The doctor cannot assume that the pharmacy will explain everything to the patient. The physician must provide clear, detailed, step-by-step directives about the medication he or she is prescribing, including warnings about interactions with other drugs or food.

If a health care professional is aware that a patient is taking a certain medication and the professional prescribes medicine that can have an adverse reaction with the other medication, then that health care professional may be liable for the error.

Pharmacy Error

If a pharmacist cannot read the handwriting of the prescribing physician or nurse, the pharmacist must contact the prescriber to clarify the prescription. However, pharmacists often do not take this step and instead make an assumption about what the doctor meant.

Pharmacists have extensive training and schooling, and this can make them feel as if they should make an educated guess as to what medication is written on the prescription. However, a pharmacist who makes incorrect assumptions when reading illegible handwriting can cause devastating consequences for the patient.

Hospital Error

Hospitals and clinics are some of the most stressful places for medical personnel, because they feel the need to hurry up and finish processing one patient so they can move on to the next. But hurrying can cause errors because it is more difficult for hospital doctors and nurses to be careful when rushed.

Patients who are in a hospital usually require some medication during their stay, and this requires either pills or injections/infusions of medicine. Doctors and nurses must make sure the:

  • Medication is correct
  • Dosage is correct
  • Medication does not interfere with any other medicines the patient is taking

Many medications’ names are similar to other medications. If the medical personnel who provide the medicine to the patient think it might be an error, but they do not double-check with the prescribing doctor to ensure the medicine or the dosage is correct, they may also have some liability in the error. The nursing personnel who usually provide the medicine to the patient may not realize or notice that the medication is wrong.

Examples of Medication Errors

Medication errors can cause extremely severe injuries, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Disease
  • Worsening the patient’s existing health condition
  • Death

If you have been harmed or injured by a medication error, contact a Maryland medication error lawyer today at The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl. We know how to investigate what went wrong with your medication and why it was mishandled by the professionals. Our attorneys have helped our clients obtain millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries over the years, and we can put that experience to work on your case as well.

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Can I Get Compensation for a Medication Error?

When you have been injured due to receiving incorrect medication, it can result in many costs and losses, such as:

  • Emergency room visits
  • Doctors’ visits
  • Corrective surgery
  • Corrective medications
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent physical injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Death

Depending on how severe your physical reaction was, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Your Maryland medication error attorney at our law firm can evaluate your costs and determine the at-fault party who gave you the incorrect medicine.

Schedule a free consultation with a lawyer today: 410-244-7005

How Can I Prove a Medication Error?

There is usually provable evidence of what and who caused you to receive the wrong amount or type of medicine. However, hospitals and clinics oftentimes do not provide complete information, or they may cite HIPAA regulations (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) as to why they cannot divulge this information readily.

HIPAA, which is Public Law 104-191, provides federal protection to patients’ medical records so health care providers do not share medical information with unauthorized people. There are strict standards regarding what can be shared and with whom.

However, your medication error lawyer in Maryland will take various steps to build a medication error case, including:

  • Reviewing your medical records
  • Investigating records regarding your medication
  • Determining who caused the medication error
  • Determining who may have also contributed to the negligence
  • Reviewing how your employment was affected

Contact our Maryland medication error lawyers today so we can review your claim and determine whether you have a valid case. If so, you can let us take care of the details while you take care of yourself.

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How Can a Lawyer Help Me?

If you have suffered due to receiving improper medication, you probably do not know where to turn. That is where we come in: Our law firm has access to experts who know how to put a monetary value on your losses. These experts will evaluate all of the past and future costs you may incur due to the medication-induced injury.

Our Maryland medication error attorneys will:

  • Collect evidence, such as prescription notes
  • Talk to everyone who witnessed or participated in the error
  • Hire medical experts to evaluate your health condition as necessary
  • Take care of all communications with the insurance company
  • Negotiate for maximum compensation for you

You may be entitled to compensation for what you have been through if the medication error was due to the improper actions of a medical or pharmaceutical professional. You may have bills piling up while missing work, so you need financial relief.

Our medication error lawyers in Maryland how to negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company for maximum compensation on your behalf so you can get the financial relief that is owed to you. We work on contingency, so there are no upfront fees – and we offer a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with you. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your claim.

Call 410-244-7005 now to speak to a member of our skilled law team.

Contact One of Our Attorneys for Help

If you have been injured or harmed due to a problem with your medications, contact our medication error attorneys in Maryland today. We have decades of combined experience pursuing the compensation that is owed to people just like you – people who have been harmed through no fault of their own.

Our Maryland personal injury lawyers know how to evaluate your damages and how to go after the at-fault party. We can take care of all communications with those involved, including the insurance companies. We can help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.

We work on contingency, which means you pay absolutely no upfront fees. You will only pay us if we are able to help you obtain compensation for what you have suffered.

Our consultation is free, confidential, and without obligation – so there is no risk to you to talk to us about your case. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get your life back to normal again.

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