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What causes medication errors?

Unfortunately, there are a variety of different types of medical errors that can result in serious harm for unsuspecting patients. Medication errors, whether in the form the administration of the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, is one of those errors that can cause significant injuries to a patient. Because the damages resulting from this type of medical malpractice can be extensive, victims need to be familiar with medical malpractice legal resources if they have been harmed.

There are a variety of circumstances that can lead to medication errors including inadequate patient information; inadequate drug information; inadequate communication; problems with drug packaging, labeling and nomenclature; problems with medication storage, stock, standardization and distribution; the improper acquisition and monitoring of drug devices; environmental factors; and poor staff education and competency.

Because so many different mistakes can lead to medication errors, it is essential for victims of medication errors to be familiar with medical malpractice legal resources. Medical malpractice legal resources help protect victims of medical malpractice and hold negligent medical care providers accountable for the harm they have caused to the victim. Victims of medical malpractice may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial, and emotional damages.

It is essential for medical care professionals to be thorough in their treatment of patients and to take the time to obtain their medical history. Armed with that information it is hoped that a medical professional would be able to properly prescribe, dose, and administer a patient's medication. When a medical care provider has failed to do so, thereby causing a medication error, injured victims should consider whether a medical malpractice lawsuit is justified. Succeeding on one of these claims could lead to the recovery of damages for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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