Medical malpractice cases in Tampa, FL, may arise from any medical error or medical negligence. A common cause of medical malpractice is medication errors. If your medical provider provided you with the wrong dose or type of medication, they may be liable for your damages related to the mistake.
The Tampa medication error lawyers of Catania & Catania, P.A. can help you recover the money you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We have recovered over $500 million in settlements and verdicts for injury victims since 1992, including medical malpractice victims.
How Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers Help Individuals Seek Justice After a Medication Error
A slight error with a person’s medication could result in serious injuries or even wrongful death. Therefore, medical providers have a duty to provide the correct types and dosages of medication to patients.
Our Tampa personal injury lawyers at Catania & Catania, P.A. have over 120 years of collective legal experience. We will use our extensive resources and our key relationship with medical experts to get compensation for your medication error claim.
When you hire our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers, you can expect us to:
- Provide sound legal advice and legal analysis of your case
- Investigate what happened to you to determine if you have a claim
- Work with your physicians and medical experts to determine how the medication error harmed you
- Calculate the value of your damages and pursue a settlement or verdict in that amount
- Aggressively represent your best interests inside and outside of the courtroom
We want to help you hold negligent medical providers accountable for their actions. Call now to schedule a free case review with a medication errors attorney in Tampa, Florida.
How Often Do Medication Errors Occur?
The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention defines a medication error as a preventable event that can lead to patient harm because of inappropriate medication use. The Food and Drug Administration receives over 100,000 reports of suspected medication errors each year through its reporting program.
Approximately 7,000 to 9,000 people die each year from medication errors in the United States. In addition, hundreds of thousands of patients experience dangerous drug interactions, side effects, and preventable adverse drug events because of medication errors. It is estimated that the cost of caring for patients with medication-associated errors is over $40 billion per year.
What Are the Common Causes of Medication Errors in Tampa?
Errors that lead to inappropriate medication are usually preventable. Health care systems, doctors, pharmacies, and all medical providers have a duty of care to prevent medication errors.
Common causes of medication mistakes include, but are not limited to:
- Physician mistakes when issuing prescriptions
- Failure to review a patient’s current medications and allergies
- Communication errors between doctors, nurses, and other health care providers
- Failure to provide adequate instructions for medication use or patient risks
- Mistakes made during order entry
- Mistakes made at the pharmacy when dispensing a prescription drug
- Failing to check the proper spelling of drugs that have similar names
- Ordering the incorrect dosage of medication
- Failing to have effective medication safety protocols in a health system to secure and monitor medications
Distractions, fatigue, drug use, alcohol use, and other poor decisions could also lead to deadly mistakes with a patient’s medication.
How Do Medication Errors Impact Patients?
Side effects are expected when taking medication. However, several types of medications could cause harm if the medications are given to the patient in error.
Potential consequences of medication errors include, but are not limited to:
- Disabilities and impairments
- Permanent brain damage
- Life-threatening situations
- Damage to internal organs or systems
- Birth injuries
- Loss of bodily functions
- Seizure conditions
- Wrongful death
The consequences of a drug error can be costly. The patient may sustain substantial physical harm, pain, and suffering. They may also incur significant financial damages, including lost wages, medical bills, nursing care, and personal care.
The damages for a medication error could total hundreds of thousands of dollars. If the person dies or sustains a permanent disability, the damages could total millions of dollars.
Who is Liable for Damages Caused by Medication Errors in Florida?
The medical provider who made the medication error can be held liable for damages under medical malpractice laws.
However, you have the burden of proving that the medical provider:
- Owed you a duty of care
- Breached the duty of care by failing to meet the standard of care
- The breach of duty was the proximate and direct cause of your injury
- You sustained damages because of the medication error
In many cases, the hospital, nursing home, doctor’s office, pharmacy, or another medical facility may also be named as a defendant in a medication error lawsuit. If your claim is successful, you can recover compensation for your economic and non-economic damages related to the medication error.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Tampa Medication Errors Lawyers
If a medication error occurred during your or your family member’s care, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for your damages. Holding those responsible for your injuries could help reduce medication errors in the future. Contact our office to request your free case review with a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer.