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Medication errors can harm innocent patients

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Medication Errors

Medication errors are a critical issue in healthcare that pose significant risks to patient safety. These errors can occur at various stages of a patient’s healthcare journey, including prescribing, dispensing, administering and monitoring medications. Regardless of where and when they occur, the consequences can be devastating for the victims of these errors.

Victims of medication errors may experience a wide range of consequences. These include minor health issues, severe problems, life-threatening conditions or even death. Recognizing the types of medication errors and their potential effects is essential for addressing and supporting those affected.

Types of medication errors and consequences

Medication errors can take many forms, such as prescribing the wrong medication or dosage, dispensing errors, administering medication to the wrong patient and failing to recognize potential drug interactions or allergies. The consequences for victims can include:

  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Prolonged illness
  • Hospitalization

Additionally, victims often face emotional and psychological distress, including a loss of trust in healthcare providers, anxiety and depression. They may also experience the financial burden of additional medical treatments and lost income.

Addressing medication errors as a victim

Victims of medication errors should know that they aren’t at fault. The onus is on the medical providers to ensure medication is handled correctly. They can’t allow other things to distract them to the point that they make errors. When medical professionals follow the proper protocol, the risk of patient harm is reduced.

It’s possible for patients to play a role in preventing medication errors, but that ability is limited. Knowing what medications they should take, how often they should take it and what the medication looks like can all help patients to avoid being the subject of medication errors.

Victims of medication errors have legal rights. They can seek compensation for the financial damages they’re dealing with because of a medication error. This can include the costs of medical care, missed wages and any other expenses they have as a result of the error. Time is limited for these cases in California, so victims should be sure to seek legal guidance and get things started quickly.