Cincinnati Medication Error Attorney
Medication errors can be fatal for patients who need certain drugs and dosages to combat symptoms and survive medical conditions. When a doctor, nurse, or someone else makes a grave medication error, it could cause serious illnesses or injuries to the patient. If this sounds like what happened to you or a loved one, contact the lawyers at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. We can help you file a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault party in Cincinnati, Ohio.
How Our Cincinnati Medication Error Attorneys Can Help
- Our firm has the resources to create strong, personalized case strategies on your behalf.
- Our lawyers will communicate openly and honestly with you during your claim.
- Our firm has offices conveniently located in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio.
- Our initial consultations are always free, confidential, and at zero obligation.
- Our belief is that everyone should be able to afford an attorney. We do not charge for our services unless we win.
Why Do You Need a Medication Error Lawyer in Cincinnati?
A medication error is a form of medical malpractice. To file a medical malpractice claim in Ohio, you or your attorney must complete an affidavit of merit. This is a document from an expert, such as a medical professional, stating that he or she believes you have a case. Your medication error attorney must then prove the defendant’s fault for causing your damages through a preponderance of the evidence, and negotiate with insurance corporations for a fair recovery.
How Do Medication Errors Happen?
A medication error can refer to a prescription mistake, an overdose, a dangerous drug interaction, or another an adverse drug event. Medication mistakes can occur when one or more people responsible for a patient’s treatment regime is negligent. A doctor, for example, may negligently fail to check a patient’s current prescriptions when prescribing a new medication. This could lead to harmful interactions between drugs. A nurse may also make a mistake when distributing medications to patients, such as mixing up patients or medications. These errors could be deadly for the patient.
Miscommunication, lack of organization, physician fatigue, misdiagnosis, or careless mistakes such as failing to check the label of a drug can cause medication errors in hospitals or emergency rooms. Medication mistakes can also occur at the pharmacy when a pharmacist misreads a doctor’s handwriting or accidentally fills a prescription with the incorrect drug. Tracing the medication error back to its source may take help from an attorney. Identifying the at-fault party is necessary for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Who Is Liable?
Someone who is liable for your medication mistake is the person most at fault for causing your damages. It may be a doctor, nurse, caregiver, pharmacy, or drug manufacturer. Proving liability takes establishing four main elements during your medical malpractice claim.
- The defendant owed you a duty of care. The medical industry establishes many duties of care professionals owe to their patients – including best practices when prescribing and administering medications.
- The defendant breached a duty. A breach of duty is any action or failure to act that falls outside the accepted standard of care.
- The defendant’s act of negligence caused your injury or illness. The damages you suffered must relate directly to the defendant’s medication error. If your damages would have happened anyway – such as a health decline from a terminal illness – the defendant may not be liable.
- You suffered damages as a result. Finally, you must have suffered damages because of the breach of duty. Damages can include pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and lower quality of life.
Proving your medication mistake case is easier with help from an attorney. Your lawyer can handle the burden of proof according to legal best practices. You can have peace of mind in the strength of your argument when you let a lawyer create your strategy.
Should I Contact Elk & Elk Today?
Hiring an attorney makes these processes easier on you and your family. Your attorney can handle the paperwork while you concentrate on recovering. Contact Elk & Elk Co., Ltd today for a free consultation about a medication error in Cincinnati.