A medication error is a kind of medical practice that can seriously affect the victim. A lot of kinds of medication errors only become known when the patient has suffered adverse health effects like a worsened condition, an injury, or death. If you or your loved one has suffered from medical practice, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Just contact a yuma medical malpractice attorney to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
About Medical Errors
A doctor can make a medical error when administering, monitoring, or prescribing a medication to a patient. This type of error happens during standard medical procedures, surgery, or when a patient gets medicines from a pharmacy. A medical error can lead to serious health effects including stroke, heart attack, overdose, addiction, organ damage or failure, and others.
Who Can Commit a Medical Error?
Medication errors can take place at each stage a patient gets medical treatment. That is why almost all kinds of healthcare providers can be held liable for this type of error. These include general practitioners, surgeons, hospital staff, specialist physicians, pharmacists, and other health care providers.
How to Prove Medical Negligence
A medication error lawsuit is only valid when some conditions are satisfied to meet the requirements for medical practice. One of these is an established relationship between the doctor and the patient. A doctor agrees to diagnose or treats the patient’s condition. They may commit a medical error if they agreed to prescribe the medicine and the dosage the patient should take. Another element is a breach of duty. This means the doctor did not treat the patient within the standards held by the medical community. Therefore, the doctor did not exercise reasonable care to prescribe the patient the correct kind of medication, administer the proper dosage, or give a medication the patient should have known with adverse effects.
Moreover, for a medical error or medical practice claim to be valid, there should be caution. An experienced attorney will collect evidence that can connect the injury of the patient to the medication error. The patient must have suffered monetary damages because of the error to have a strong medical malpractice case.