In hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities, the accidental prescription or administration of the wrong dose of medication often results in illness, disability or even death. These medication errors can often be prevented.
At the Pennsylvania law firm of Biancheria & Maliver P.C., we focus our practice exclusively on representing victims of medical malpractice and their families. Our legal team works diligently to uphold and protect the rights of clients while demanding that medical professionals be held accountable for their negligence. Contact the firm to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.
Types of Medication Overdose That Indicate Medical Malpractice
Though overdose and other medication errors can occur for a variety of reasons, in instances involving medical malpractice, medication overdoses primarily occur in one of two ways: accidental and intentional.
An accidental overdose could occur because a physician inadvertently writes a prescription for a greater dose than what was intended. A pharmacist might misread a prescription and prepare too great of a dose. A nurse's error when reading the order or administering the dose may result in the patient being given too concentrated a dose — or even the wrong medication. A seemingly small error such as misreading a decimal or writing a zero in the wrong place can be fatal, since a dose multiplied by 10 or even 100 times can be toxic or lethal.
A medication overdose is considered intentional when the physician knowingly wrote the prescription for too large a dose. This often occurs with pain management medications, particularly when physicians do not fully understand the underlying disease and its complications or the potential risks of drug interaction.
An overdose may also be caused by negligence when it involves patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), in which the patient is given a computerized pump to administer his or her own pain medication. If the pump is not properly programmed or calibrated, the patient can easily overdose on the medication.
The lawyers of Biancheria & Maliver P.C. recognize the serious repercussions a medication overdose can have on patients and their families. Whether you have developed a permanent disability or a loved one has died, the firm's legal team stands ready to protect your right to the compensation you need and deserve.
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