Adverse Drug Events and Medication Errors are Preventable

medication error lawyer Long IslandAccording to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), adverse drug events account for over 3.5 million office visits and 1 million hospital visits per year. Furthermore, medication errors that could have been prevented effect over 7 million people each year. An adverse drug event or medication error can result in serious or even fatal injuries.

A patient may suffer from the following:

  • Rash;
  • Hives;
  • Itching;
  • Watery eyes;
  • Fever;
  • Swelling;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Respiratory complications;
  • Dizziness;
  • Drop in blood pressure;
  • Vomiting;
  • Seizure;
  • Rapid pulse;
  • Lightheadedness;
  • Fainting;
  • Anaphylaxis; and
  • Death, among others.

While some of the reactions may be delayed or minor, anaphylaxis can occur in seconds and may result in death or serious long-term effects.

While doctors have a duty to provide competent care, sometimes clinicians deviate from the generally accepted standard of care. When a provider deviates from an appropriate standard of care, it not only puts a patient’s life at risk but can also give rise to a claim of action for any injuries the patient suffered as a result of the provider’s negligence.  A clinician must provide the same level of care that any other reasonably prudent clinician would have under similar circumstances. Here, a clinician has a duty to check a patient’s chart for explicitly stated allergies, as well as consult the patient before administering a drug.

While some reactions to medications may be minor, others may be severe enough to require long-term care at home or in a skilled nursing facility which may be costly.  If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of an adverse drug event or a medication error, it is important to contact an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer to receive the compensation the law provides.  Seeking the assistance of an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer is vital in protecting your rights. Contact the dedicated and experienced New York medical malpractice attorneys at Levine & Slavit, PLLC for the representation you deserve. Call (888) LAW-8088.


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