New York Medication Error Lawyer
Modern medicine would be nowhere with the actual medicine. Whether you have warm, fuzzy feelings about the pharmaceutical industry or not (most do not), the truth is that our life expectancy would be much lower without the many advancements in medications that have occurred in the last few decades. The elderly are particularly dependent on these life-saving medications, which need to be administered on time, in the correct doses, and in the correct manner in order to be effective. This is the duty of all nursing homes. The New York medication error lawyers at Cohan Law Firm have years of experience handling nursing home negligence and abuse when it comes to mistakes with medication. If you or your loved one were harmed in any way due to a doctor, nurse, or other staff member’s error, our team is here to help.
What is the Standard of Care for a Medication Error?
When a doctor, pharmacist, nurse, or other staff member gives a patient the wrong medication, administers it incorrectly, or provides the wrong amount of medication, does that qualify for a personal injury claim? The answer is maybe, maybe not. In order to be successful in a nursing home medication error claim, you must prove that the standard of care was not adhered to, and because the standard of care was violated the patient also suffered harm. Standard of care simply refers to what the medically accepted treatment is in a given scenario.
Examples of Negligent Medication Errors
Any medication error that causes harm to the patient should be looked into by a medical malpractice/nursing home negligence attorney. A few examples of nursing home medication errors that are known to cause adverse effects include the following:
- Administering two medications that should not be taken together.
- Administering too much or too little of a medication
- Administering the wrong medication to the patient.
- Splitting or cutting pills or tablets that should be left whole.
- IV errors.
- Medication with feed tube errors.
- Improper administration of eye drops.
- Failure to provide adequate water/liquids to the patient along with the medication.
- Failure to provide adequate food to the patient along with the medication.
- Failure to mix, shake, or prepare the medication that requires such action to be taken before administering it to the patient.
- Failure to ensure the patient has successfully consumed their medication.
A New York Medication Error Attorney Can Help You Seek Justice
Nursing homes have a duty to treat patients with a high standard of care. When medication mistakes are made, they can be held financially responsible for hospital bills, medical treatment, ongoing medical and long term care, loss of joy of life, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more. The New York medication error lawyers at Cohan Law Firm are here for you and your family in your time of need, and will be with you every step of the way during the claim, negotiation, and lawsuit process. Contact us today at 855.855.0321 to schedule a free consultation.