You Have the Right to Safe Medical Care, and Safe Medication Practices.
What do you do when your loved one is seriously injured by a medication error? You rely on your doctors to know the side effects of your medication, how they interact with other medications, and how much medication is too much.
Medical malpractice is a serious problem. In a 2013 study, A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care by John T. James, PhD., premature death associated with preventable harm to patients was over 400,000 per year. In another study, the authors concluded that at least 90,895 patients die each year due to medication error. Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health. Methodology: Fieldwork conducted by ICR - International Communications Research, April 11- June 11, 2002. Still anothe study found that 20% of medications in hospital had dosage errors. Bond CA, Raehl CL, Franke T. Clinical pharmacy services, hospital pharmacy staffing, and medication errors in United States hospitals. Pharmacotherapy . 2002 Feb;22(2):134-47. Medications are truly dangerous in the hands of doctors and hospitals.
Medication errors are a particularly serious problem because unless you are medically trained it is very difficult for you to understand the risks of your medication. There are many different kinds of medication. They have confusing names. Drug companies aggressively market their medication directly to consumers, and often provide misleading consumer information to consumers like you designed to increase their sales at the expense of your safety. You are left with no choice but to rely on your doctor to avoid dangerous medication errors. The primarly role of your doctor is to keep you safe from dangerous medication, and to do no harm.
Don't let your health care professional get away with the pain and suffering he has caused by a medication error. Medication errors are life altering, and totally avoidable. For example, anti-psychotic drugs have serious side effects like tardive dyskinesia, or death in elderly patients. Yet they are still widely advertised and prescribed for dementia, and depression when many other less dangerous alternatives are available. Fight for the compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, or for your loved one who had their life cruelly taken away. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can win compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Permanent catastrophic injuries or disabilities, including scarring
- Wrongful death
Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death Due to Medication Errors
At Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., we are very selective about the medical malpractice cases we accept. We strive to fight for individuals who have endured very serious injuries and have the most to gain from winning a Connecticut medical malpractice suit. We also work with families who have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of a medical professional.
You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one has been faced with one of the following situations:
- Medication errors involving the wrong amount of medication; Too much or too little.
- Giving an incorrect medication that does not correct the problem that it was intended to correct leading to serious injury or death.
- Giving an incorrect medication that causes serious injury to a body organ or function, or even death.
- Failing to inform you of the dangerous side effects of the medication so you can make an informed choice about whether to take the medication.
- Giving you medications when you are allergic to the medication causing serious permanent injury or death.
- Interactions with other medications.
How to evaluate whether you have a medical malpractice case based on a medication error?
Do you think that a loved is the victim of a medication error? How is your case evaluated? The first step is to gather the medical records and medication administration records. So, for example, for renal failure leading to death caused from the administration of the antibiotic gentamicin, or even case of tardive dyskinesia from Haldol (haloperidol) if you are in the greater Hartford area, and treated at Hartford Hospital or St. Francis Hospital then you should first gather all of your records from the hospital, all of the medication administration records. You should also get a copy of the medication data sheet for the time period when the medication was taken. You might have to request it from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get all of the data you need on the medication. Next, you will have to find a doctor that is of the same specialty as the defendant doctor to review the case, and offer an opinion about whether a medication was malpractice from the medication error. Only if you get an opinion that medical malpractice has occurred, can you proceed with your case.
There are also additional hurtles that you must also overcome, like proof of damages. You must prove your harms and losses. You must also prove that your harms and losses were caused from the medical malpractice. In the context of a medication error you will be forced to examine whether the medication error make any difference at all. For example, you must prove that the medication error caused the serious injury or death. If your loved one was very sick, then the defense to try to blame your loved one’s death on the underlying illness itself instead of the medication error. If the medication error caused the death of a loved one, then a wrongful death case can be brought. If death did not occur, and your loved on suffered a brain injury or other serious complication like organ failure, or limb amputation, then an evaluation of the injury must occur to evaluate the life-long care your loved one will need. All of these medical questions require answers by qualified medical experts to determine the harms and losses suffered by your loved one.
If you know negligent medical professionals caused your life-changing injury due to the medication error it's time to fight back and let them know they will be held accountable for their errors.
Contact Our Groton Medical Malpractice Attorneys
With millions of dollars on the line, our medical malpractice lawyers at the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., do not accept every case. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, we must prove that the medical provider failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care, as well as that the medical negligence or malpractice caused harm to our client. Not every unfortunate side effect indicates medical malpractice.
When the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., represents you in your medical malpractice case, you can expect aggressive attention to detail. You can also expect excellent customer service on the day-to-day basis in our office. Just take a look at our former client testimonials on this website. When is comes to case preparation and trial technique, we have Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys ready to take your case to trial if necessary. Additionally, we have also taught Health Law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, lecturing to other attorneys on the topic of medical malpractice. We set the standard for medical malpractice attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed due to the negligence of a medical professional from a medication error contact the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., at 860-445-8521 or toll free 888-717-4211 today for a free consultation.