GENERAL MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE
When as the result of medical treatment, you or someone close to you suffers an injury, it can be difficult to decide whether or not the injury will cause a legal claim or not. Standing by to help you make that determination is a medical negligence attorney Diana Whipkey Young.
Please call today, if you have any thought that as a result of a healthcare provider’s negligence you incurred an injury. You should be aware that medication errors will result in serious illnesses or deaths more than half the time they occur. Every year, due to medication errors, approximately 1.3 million Americans suffer injuries. These medication errors are sometimes also mentioned as “Adverse Drug Events”, or ADEs.
INCLUDED IN COMMON MEDICATION ERRORS ARE:
- Incorrect medication being administered
- Wrong patient receiving administration
- Inappropriate medication for specific condition
- Incorrect dosages being administered
- Based on patient medical history, medication inappropriate
- In inappropriate combinations, multiple prescriptions dispensed
- To patients that are intoxicated, emergency rooms administering medications for pain
- Without the consent of the patient, administration of experimental drugs
Medical Malpractice in Marietta is very common. Nearly everyone is affected by the risk of ADEs. Prescription medicines, supplements, and over the counter medications are taken by more than eighty percent of the American public every day, and at least five different medications are taken by more than 30% of the public daily. It is simple to make the assumption that mistakes are more likely to happen in the home rather than in the hospital where there is professional staff on hand to supervise matters. The fact of the matter is that every single day hospitalized patients can expect an experience of at least one medication. Every year, according to the Institute of Medicine(IOM), in the hospitals a minimum of 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries are going to happen. In long-term care settings, that number is doubled. And annually, over 7,000 deaths will occur due to medication errors. Let’s take the time to talk about your situation which we are here to be of help with. And for an initial conversation, there is never a charge.
Your situation can include any of these items listed:
- Condition is not improved
- Adverse reaction to errors in medications
- Condition is worsened
- Allergic reactions
- Extended hospital stay and/or delayed recovery
- Digestive problems
- Brain injury
- Unexpected temporary physical or mental impairment
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Permanent disability
- Heart attack
Parties That Are Responsible
It is often difficult to make a determination just who is responsible when medication errors happen. As an example, an error in prescribing might be made by a doctor, or a correct prescription might be improperly administered. The proper warnings might be lacking on a drug to alert the professionals administering them and the patients taking them. These are just some of the possible reasons determining just who is at fault can be difficult.
- Emergency Room staff
- Hospital staff
- Nursing home staff
- Wrong diagnosis
- Drug manufacturers
When it comes to the practice of medicine, proper diagnosis is fundamental. 25 years of malpractice claims were studied by researchers at Johns Hopkins and they discovered that the most amount of claims were accounted for by diagnostic errors, along with the most severe harm to the patients. The study showed that in the United States the biggest patient safety problems stem from diagnostic errors. And most upsetting is that these issues are very often ignored, downplayed or unrecognized.
If they are properly diagnosed and in the early stages of the illness treated, most medical conditions are in fact treatable. If however the professionals give the wrong diagnosis or miss something, severe injury can occur to the patient involved. The consequences can range from paralysis to reduced life expectancy to death. This is why medical malpractice must be avoided.