Many Americans depend on prescription medication to function on a daily basis. Whether it is medication for mental illness, diabetes, blood pressure, migraines or even hormonal birth control, there are many prescription medicines people need to live normal and happy lives. We depend on our doctors, nurses and pharmacists to protect our health and well being by prescribing not only the correct medications but also the proper dosages. If any one of those professionals makes a mistake in the prescription process, our health can be at stake, not to mention our very lives.
If you or a loved one has experienced injury because of the negligence of a doctor who prescribed the wrong dosage of medicine, you need the advice and representation of an experienced medical malpractice attorney like those at Jaklitsch Law Group in Maryland. Contact Jaklitsch Law Group today by calling 301-627-8700. We are available 24/7.
Why is dosage important?
Medicine is a science for many reasons. Just as a recipe requires just the right measurement of an ingredient to get the perfect cake or casserole, medications require the appropriate dose or amount of the drug that correlates to the need and physical stature of the patient. Dosing a child is very different than dosing an adult, and especially for mental illnesses, even patients of the same age and physical stature may require different doses of the very same medication to achieve desired results.
Getting the dose wrong can be deadly.
Medications are powerful and potent for health, but in the wrong strength for the wrong person they can be lethal. This is especially true for medications that require a doctor’s prescription for the everyday person to obtain them. This is because they can be dangerous if not taken as intended or in the wrong dosage. The stories we hear often involve children or infants that were administered far too much medication and suffered needlessly. Children’s bodies can metabolize and process far less than the adult can.
If your child suffered or died as a result of over or under-medicating because of a prescription dosage error, you must seek the help of an experienced and excellent medical malpractice attorney who has knowledge and skill with professionals prescribing the wrong dosage of medication. Call the Jaklitsch Law Group today.
Proving Medical Negligence
Proving medical negligence can be quite a complex process and is not one to be taken lightly. You also want a seasoned legal team who knows what they’re doing. First of all, you must be able to prove that the physician you’re taking to court is actually the one who made the error. Next, you have to be able to successfully prove that medical negligence occurred, in this case specifically regarding a medication dosage error. For medical negligence to have occurred in this instance, you answer the following questions:
- What is the medical standard of care under your particular circumstances?
- How did your doctor deviate from the standard of care?
- How were you injured as a result of the deviation or negligence?
How could the error have happened?
It’s valuable to keep in mind that medication-related errors can happen at several different places in the supply chain from the drug manufacturer all the way to the patient. The drug manufacturer could have made a tainted or unreasonably harmful medicine. A nurse might give the wrong dosage or medicine to a patient. A pharmacist might fill out the prescription inaccurately. Ultimately, it could be the fault of the patient for not giving the doctor a truthful medical history. A skilled and knowledgeable attorney can help you establish whether you or the medical professional is liable for your injury.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Attorney
To seek justice for your elderly relative or loved one, contact us at our law firm. Your initial consultation is free. Additionally, we charge no attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you.
From our offices in Upper Marlboro and Annapolis, we represent injured people throughout Prince George’s County, Ann Arundel County, southern Maryland and the Baltimore metropolitan area. If you are unable to come to us, we can arrange to meet you in Maryland or Virginia.