Expert Attorney David A. Sims Handles Claims for Medication Error Injuries
Have you or a loved one been injured as a result of medication errors in West Virginia? Call expert Attorney David A. Sims. Our law office handles claims for medication error injuries and other medical malpractice claims in the North-Central and Mid-Ohio Valley and nearby areas of West Virginia.
Medication errors are one of the most common nursing errors that are made by nurses -and one of the most fatal. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, there are over 10,000 prescription medications available today and roughly one third of US citizens take five or more medications every day. A 2009 study conducted by the National Institutes of Health reported these sobering statistics:
- Medical Complications Resulting from these Errors Cause over $77 Million in Damage Each Year
- Medication Errors Have Been Made by over 64% of Nurses
- Nurses Spend About 40% of Their Time in the Hospital Administering Medications
- The Mean Number of Medication Errors per three month period per nurse was 7.4 errors
Although most medication errors involve the wrong dosage (which can still be deadly), some cases of administration of the wrong medication involve the wrong drug entirely.
In one case, an elderly dialysis patient was given a fatal dose of a paralytic agent instead of an antacid. The report stated that:
“A report from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration demonstrated that with all the safeguards in place to prevent a patient from receiving the wrong medication, the nurse would have had to ignore nearly all of the protocol in place for administering drugs.
Specifically, the nurse “failed to look and read what medication he was taking … failed to scan to determine the right count for the medication, [and] failed to match the patient’s ID with the scanned medication.”
This was a very clear case of negligence and medical malpractice. Unfortunately, these types of medication errors are far too common and result in the deaths of an unknown number of victims each year. Neither the FDA nor the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) track deaths from medication errors, but the problem is obviously a major concern. Medical errors (as a whole) are now the third leading cause of death in the United States.
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If you have already been injured by a medication error due to negligence/medical malpractice, let our legal team assist you with your injury claim. We will thoroughly examine all of the evidence, medical records, and other pertinent information to determine what your fair compensation is and we will get you all of the financial compensation that is legally allowed.
Call the law office of Attorney David A. Sims today to schedule your free initial consultation: (304) 428-5291.