Waco Texas Medication Error Lawyers
Medication Errors and Injuries
Prescription medications are generally potent in their effects, both positive and negative. When cautiously prescribed to treat a specific ailment, they can be a helpful tool used towards recovery. However, when negligently administered, prescribed, or dispensed, they can have extremely adverse affects upon a patient's health, and may even kill them. That's why healthcare professionals, including physicians and pharmacists, are required to follow the standard of care when prescribing and administering medications.
At Williams & Brown LLP, our experienced Texas medical malpractice attorneys have decades of experience under their belt. If you have suffered injuries due to medication error, you should call our law office today at (888) 741-6200 for a free initial consultation. You may also fill out our online contact form.
What are the Common Causes of Medication Errors?
The most common types of negligent actions in medication error cases include the following:
- Prescription of wrong medication
- Prescription of wrong dosage
- Failure to consider patient's history of other medications
- Failure to inform patient of all risks associated with the prescription medication
- Prescription of drugs that are dangerous when mixed
Most medication error cases involve the negligent actions of a physician, nurse, or pharmacist. These actions may be defined by poor communication, recklessness, administrative errors, inadequate staff, work overload, and inadequate preventative measures. A victim of medication error may suffer an adverse reaction due to improper dosage or an unintended drug. The results can be fatal.
What Do I Have to Prove in My Medication Error Lawsuit?
As a claimant, you will have to take the following factors into consideration in regards to your lawsuit and prove that they all apply to your specific case:
- Duty of Care: All healthcare providers, whether they are behind a desk or a counter, are expected to comply with the standard of care and perform their duties in the manner that is expected of them as licensed professionals.
- Breach of Duty: This means the healthcare provider failed to meet the reasonable standard of care and caused harm to the patient rather than helping him or her. Whether a direct action or an oversight, any mistake that meets breach of duty criteria can be grounds for liability.
- Causation: A connection must be established between the negligent actions of the liable medical professional and the victim's injury.
- Damages: The economic and non-economic damages that are pursued by the victim must be backed by evidence, such as medical bills and lost wage reports.
It is highly advised that you consult with a Waco injury attorney as soon as possible to get started on your claim case before the deadline defined by the statute of limitations. Also, the earlier an attorney conducts an investigation, the better. Important evidence may fade with time.
A Compassionate Texas Legal Team
At Williams & Brown LLP, our clients always come first. We formulate customized legal strategies according to the wishes of our clients and always keep in constant contact with them, updating them every step of the way. If you wish to learn more about your case and legal options, please contact us today.