While you technically do not have to have a lawyer to try to pursue action against a doctor, pharmacist, or hospital in a medical error case, these cases are often complex. Pennsylvania law requires you to enlist the help of expert witnesses and present complicated medical evidence to show you have a valid case to file any medical malpractice case. This is difficult without an attorney on your side.
If you suffered additional injuries or illness because of a careless medication error, the medical malpractice team from Berger and Green will review your case for free. We can explain your rights and what it takes to win this type of case.
Let us pursue legal action on your behalf. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Common Ways Medication Errors Occur
Medication errors can happen in a variety of ways, and almost anywhere along the path from prescription to administration to monitoring. Some of the most common ways medication errors occur include:
- Prescribing the wrong medication, often because of similar names
- Mixing up patients and administering the wrong medication
- Miscommunications between doctors and pharmacists or doctors and nurses
- Incorrect instructions or dosage
- Improper administration or monitoring
Under Pennsylvania’s medical malpractice laws, you must prove two things to pursue a case:
They Failed to Provide the Expected Level of Care
Trained medical professionals — whether they be a doctor, pharmacist, anesthesiologist, or other health care provider — all have an obligation to provide a certain level of care. This standard is the same as other professionals with similar training and experience working in the same geographical area. Pennsylvania requires us to show the doctor or other party failed to provide this standard of care in your case.
The Medication Error Caused Your Injuries
We will need to prove your worsening illness or new injury occurred because of the medication error. For example, we would need to show your symptoms stem from an overdose of medication instead of a normal side effect of your treatment.
We will review the basic facts of your case for free and explain your options for holding the liable party responsible and going after compensation. Call our team today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Let Berger and Green Help You Recover the Compensation You Need
The medical malpractice team from Berger and Green is standing by to take your call. We can handle your legal case while you focus on getting better. Let us evaluate your case for free and pursue the compensation you deserve.
When you enlist our help with your medication errors case, we will utilize our network of medical professionals to find the right expert for your case. We will get a sworn statement from them, as required under Pennsylvania law. They will also help us understand the expected standard of care and how your health care providers deviated from this level of care. This is key to winning a Pittsburgh medication errors case.
We will also collect evidence to prove your damages and protect your right to a payout. We may be able to reach an out-of-court settlement, or we can file a civil suit on your behalf.
Recoverable Damages in a Pittsburgh Medication Errors Case
As a part of investigating your case, we will collect evidence to prove your damages. That is, all the losses and expenses you suffered because of the medication error. While these differ somewhat from case to case, you may be able to recover:
- The cost of any additional medical care and any related expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death when applicable
Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations give us two years to file a civil lawsuit in these cases. However, it is vital that we get to work on these cases as soon as possible. Evidence begins to disappear quickly, and cases can be more difficult to prove the longer we wait. To ensure you retain the right to go after the medical professional who caused your injuries, call us today.
Talk to a Medication Errors Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a medication error in Pittsburgh, the medical malpractice team from Berger and Green is standing by to take your call. A medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand the expected standard of care and determine how a medical professional violated it to cause your injuries. Let us review your case for free and take legal action on your behalf.
Call or text us today at 412-661-1400 to learn more.