Medical Staff Medication Errors
Modern medications have great healing and preventive powers. If not used correctly, those same potent drugs can cause great harm. In a hospital, we rely on the doctors to order the right medicine, and we depend on nurses to take care in administering it.
Countless medication errors occur every day in U.S. hospitals and clinics. Not all of these mistakes are harmless. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is here to help if you or your loved one suffered serious injury because of the negligence of physicians or hospital staff. We have recovered millions of dollars in medical malpractice compensation, including many cases of drug errors.
Holding Doctors and Hospitals Accountable for Medication Mistakes
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Americans are taking more medications than ever, from blood thinners and anti-cholesterol drugs to painkillers, antidepressants and powerful antibiotics. Medication errors have risen accordingly, sometimes resulting in irreversible or life-threatening harm, including cardiac arrest, stroke, hemorrhage, brain damage, nerve damage, organ damage or death.
It is the physician’s job to order the best medication in the appropriate dosage, accounting for other drugs and the patient’s medical history. Every nurse is taught The Five R’s: the right drug in the right dose at the right time to the right patient in the right way.
Our job is to trace the adverse outcome to errors in prescribing or administering drugs:
- Misdiagnosis or prescribing the wrong drug
- Cross-reactions with other medications
- Known drug allergies
- Incompatible with existing medical conditions
- Administering the wrong drug
- Overdose or other dosage error
- Failing to administer time-sensitive medications
- Sepsis or infection from non-sterile procedures
- Improper instructions to discharged patients
Long Island Medication Error Attorneys
In some cases, both medical staff errors and pharmacy errors may have contributed to the adverse outcome. We identify all liable parties in pursuit of compensation for the aftermath: medical intervention and future care, lost income, pain and suffering, and permanent disability or loss of enjoyment of life.
Trial lawyer Richard Jaffe has more than 20 years of experience in medical litigation as both an attorney and paralegal. As a certified emergency response medic, Richard has an uncommon understanding of both the medical terminology and the physical and emotional trauma that his clients have suffered in a serious medical mishap.
It costs you nothing to have your case reviewed by our medical experts. Our Hempstead medication error attorneys offer a free consultation, and we receive no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.
Call 516-358-6900 or contact us online. Located in New Hyde Park, we serve Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and the NYC area. We speak Spanish and Russian.