Medication Error Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Attorneys Handle Medication Error Cases Caused by Medical Malpractice
Modern medicine has given us numerous medications that can treat a wide variety of conditions and diseases. When prescription and administration of medication is done correctly, medication can obviously be highly beneficial to the patient. However, if a medication error does occur, prescription medications can have serious and even life-threatening consequences for a patient. Most medication errors occur when there is a breakdown in communication among physicians, pharmacists, and nurses, or when those providers fail to exercise due care to confirm the safety and efficacy of medication being prescribed or administered to a patient. When healthcare providers’ negligence results in a medication error, an injured patient may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
The Pittsburgh medication error lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. help victims of medication errors and their families seek compensation and justice. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate your case to determine how your medication error occurred so that we can hold the appropriate parties responsible for your injuries and damages. We believe that helping you and your family to obtain compensation for your injuries sends a message to hospitals and healthcare providers that medication errors will not be tolerated and encourages them to exercise the appropriate care in prescribing and administering medication to patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced medication error attorneys.
Causes of Medication Errors in Pittsburgh, PA
Although medication errors can occur at any point in the process (or at several points in the process) from prescription all the way to the administration of medication to the patient, some of the most common causes of medication errors in Western Pennsylvania include:
- Prescribing the wrong medication – A medication error can start with the physician who makes the initial prescription. Physicians can make prescription errors by failing to take adequate patient history, which means that the physician erroneously prescribes a medication that is counter-indicated by the patient’s medical history, allergies, or other medications. Or a physician may fail to consult with reference works to ensure that a medication is not counter-indicated for a patient. Or a physician may make an error in calculating the dosage for a patient.
- Filling the prescription incorrectly – Pharmacies can make errors in filling out prescriptions. Pharmacists may fail to confirm the information in the prescription, particularly if a prescription is handwritten and not legible or if the prescribing doctor uses confusing or erroneous abbreviations. Pharmacists may then dispense the wrong medication or dosage.
- Administration errors – Nurses or other healthcare providers who administer medication may make errors in administration. They may fail to confirm the identity of the patient or confirm that the medication being administered is that prescribed by the patient’s physician.
- Defective administering equipment – Sometimes medication errors are made by defects in equipment that administers equipment, such as pumps or patches. In these cases, an injured patient may have a product liability claim against the equipment manufacturer.
No matter the cause or causes of the medication error that you or your loved one have suffered, the Western Pennsylvania medication error lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. can help you seek financial recovery from the party or parties responsible for the error
Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Help Victims of Medication Errors Obtain Compensation for Their Injuries
When you retain Goodrich & Geist, P.C. to represent you in your medication error claim, you retain a law firm that will vigorously fight to help you obtain the financial recovery you need to put your life back on track. We take pride in our track record of success helping patients across Western Pennsylvania who have suffered due to medication errors caused by their healthcare providers. We work to collect all the records and evidence in your case, working with knowledgeable medical experts to identify the party or parties responsible for your medication error and to prove how their actions constituted negligence that caused the error. We will negotiate with hospitals, pharmacies, and insurance companies as necessary to try and obtain a fair and full settlement of your claim, ensuring that you have the financial resources to treat the consequences of your medication error for as long as necessary. Our firm is also fully prepared to take your claim to court if necessary to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Medication Error Lawyers Today to Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Case
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or other adverse medical condition as a result of an error with your medication, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm and other damages that you or your loved one have suffered. Contact Goodrich & Geist, P.C. today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with one of our knowledgeable Pittsburgh medication error attorneys and to learn more about your legal rights and options for pursuing the compensation that you need and the justice that you deserve.