How do I know if I’m the victim of a prescription medication error, and why do I need a lawyer if I do take the wrong medication?

Medical errors are described as any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate drug use, or harm to a patient. Typically these errors can include patients receiving the wrong dosage of medication, the wrong type of medication, or medication delivered in the wrong manner or to the wrong place.

Identifying whether or not you’ve been the victim of a medication mistake requires looking at the symptoms you may be suffering. However, any symptoms will vary greatly, depending on the types of medication involved and the dosage amount administered at the time.

A few examples of medication error complications can include:

  • Unexpected reactions to medication applications (rashes, swelling, internal bleeding).
  • Newly developed medical conditions (paralysis, system failure, sudden vital sign changes).
  • Additional time spent in the hospital receiving medical care as new medical complications surface and more medical treatment is needed to stabilize the patient.

If you suspect that you’ve been the victim of a medication error in Virginia an experienced medical malpractice attorney will be able to help you understand and fight for your legal rights.

Medication errors can leave victims having to deal with numerous difficulties in the aftermath of another person’s negligent choices. Negligent parties should be held accountable for:

  • Mounting medical bills from extended care and additional, previously unneeded, medical treatments.
  • Lost wages from missed work.
  • Permanent injury, scarring, or disfiguration that may result.
  • Additional expenses related to lifestyle changes after injury occurred.

Your medication error may be the result of medical malpractice. If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Help after a medication error is just a simple phone call or email away. Contact Lewis & Tompkins today and schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation to discuss your injuries related to a Virginia prescription medication error.

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