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Medication Errors and Overdoses

Medication errors can have serious, even life-threatening consequences for patients. When doctors, nurses, or pharmacists make mistakes in prescribing, dispensing, or administering medication, it can lead to harm and suffering, or even death. 

If you’ve been injured due to a medication error in Syracuse, or anywhere in New York, the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at The Porter Law Group can help you navigate the complex legal process to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Syracuse Medication Error & Overdoses Attorneys

Medical errors, including prescription errors and overdoses, cause an average of more than 250,000 deaths in the USA every year, making it the third leading cause of death for Americans. To date, medical errors are not specified on death certificates during reporting despite calls from experts. So the full picture might even be more grim. 

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medication error in Syracuse, it's important to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at The Porter Law Group have extensive experience handling medical malpractice cases, including those involving prescription mistakes and overdoses. We're here to help you understand your legal rights and options and to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact us at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com for a free case evaluation today. 

What Are Medication Errors?

Medication errors are the problems that occur when prescribing and dispensing medicine to patients. Some common examples include:

  • Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage
  • Failing to consider drug interactions or allergies
  • Misreading or misinterpreting a prescription
  • Dispensing the wrong drug or dosage
  • Administering medication incorrectly or at the wrong time

These mistakes can happen due to a variety of factors, such as poor communication, inadequate training, or simple carelessness. Regardless of the cause, medical professionals must exercise reasonable care in handling medications, and when they fail in this duty, they can be held liable for the resulting harm.

What are the Consequences of Medication Errors?

The effects of a medication error can range from mild to severe, but they may include:

  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Allergic responses
  • Organ damage
  • Worsening of underlying conditions
  • Death

In addition to the physical harm, medication errors can also cause emotional trauma and financial hardship for patients and their families.

What Type of Damages Am I Entitled To as a Victim of Medication Errors?

If you've been harmed by a medication mistake, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • And other damages

An experienced medication error attorney can help you understand the full extent of your losses and fight to get you the maximum compensation possible. Hospitals strive to maintain their reputation, and many will try to offer settlements in cases of injuries due to medication errors. It is important to have a good medical malpractice lawyer on your side to determine if the offer is fair or suitable. 

While no amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, or compensate you for a permanent disability that severely degrades your quality of life, getting the most out of a settlement can be of great help to you and your family. 

What Should I Do If I Was Injured Due to Medication Errors in Syracuse? 

Seek immediate treatment, keep all your hospital records such as bills, receipts and prescriptions, and contact a skilled medical malpractice attorney immediately. 

Medication error and medical malpractice cases in general are complex. It is not enough to show that you’ve been harmed to receive compensation. You need to establish that the doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or whoever was involved could have prevented the situation by exercising reasonable care. If it is found that there was negligence on their part, which led to your injuries, they can be held liable. 

At the Porter Law Group, we also work with experts in the medical field who can evaluate your medical records and test results to see if a medication error was indeed the cause of your injury and testify on your behalf. In New York, you will only have 2 years and 6 months from the date of malpractice or the end of the continuous treatment rendered by the entity you intend to sue, to bring your claim forward. So it is wise to immediately seek competent legal counsel. 

Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have recovered millions of dollars* for victims of medical malpractice all over the State of New York, and we stand ready to bring our knowledge and expertise to work for you. 

Contact The Porter Law Group Today

We understand the devastating impact that medication errors can have on patients and their loved ones. We're committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable and helping our clients get the justice and compensation they deserve. 

If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication mistake, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Call The Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Last Updated on May 23, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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