When Medication Errors Cause Harm
March 2, 2022
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain
Medical Malpractice Lawyer
As of 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that the agency receives more than 100,000 concerns about suspected medication errors on an annual basis. This number likely only represents a fraction of the number of medication errors that occur in the U.S. each year as not all medication errors are formally reported. Therefore, if you suspect that you or a loved one may have been recently harmed as a result of a medication error, you may be right and you are certainly not alone. The prevalence of this kind of medical error is staggering.
Not All Errors Are Disclosed
One of the many reasons why it is often difficult for victims of medication errors to know whether they have grounds upon which to file legal action is that not all medication errors are disclosed to patients. Understandably, no medical provider relishes the idea of getting sued. As a result, some providers who notice that they have made mistakes don’t readily admit to these missteps. Patients are then left wondering if the suffering they are enduring could have been prevented and what exactly either caused the harm or exacerbated pre-existing health conditions. As an experienced medical malpractice lawyer – including those who practice at Wieand Law Firm, LLC – can confirm, when patients are kept in the dark, it is harder for them to exercise their legal rights.
Not All Errors Are Noticed by Healthcare Practitioners
Other times, healthcare providers simply do not notice that they have made mistakes. They cannot disclose mistakes that have gone unnoticed. Again, when such errors occur, patients are kept in the dark about the source of their suffering.
Legal Options for Victims of Medication Errors
Because so many patients are unsure of whether a medication error played a role in their suffering, it is important for Americans to understand that they can seek legal guidance about their rights and options under the law, even if they are unsure of whether they have a cause for legal action. One of the many reasons why consulting with an attorney in a risk-free consultation setting is a good idea is that lawyers understand how to investigate uncertain circumstances in order to bring clarity to an individual’s situation. Once the truth is revealed, a patient may choose to seek any compensation to which they are rightfully entitled as a result of a medical provider’s substandard approach to patient care.