Notice to all clients and potential clients:
 

Our office is fully operational; feel free to contact us and we can setup a virtual consultation/meeting via Zoom.

Medication Errors Involving Administration of an Improper Dose By Lynn Harris on August 20, 2021

MedicationWhen people are under medical care, they are often prescribed medication to assist with their recovery. While medications are supposed to help, they can actually cause harm to a patient if they are not administered properly. In a hospital setting, medication errors involving administration of an improper dose are more common than most would think.

Medication errors can result in a wide range of negative consequences, including serious health complications. When a wrong dosage medication error leads to physical and financial damages, medical malpractice lawyer Lynn C. Harris can assist victims in the Salt Lake City, UT, and Provo, UT, area in pursuing financial compensation for their losses.

How Do Improper Dosage Medication Errors Occur?

Medical workers hold a patient’s health and well being in their hands, so they are held to a high professional standard. Unfortunately, despite the seriousness of their responsibilities, it is not unusual for healthcare providers to make errors. Many of these errors pertain to prescription medication. 

In a hospital or ambulatory setting, improper dosage medication errors occur far more often than they should. Improper dosages may involve administering too much or too little medication, both of which can be harmful to the patient. If even a single number or decimal point is misread, patients can receive 10 to 100 times more, or less, medication than intended. There are many factors that can lead to these types of errors, including:

  • Transposing or missing a number or decimal point when reading medication instructions
  • Rushing to administer the medication without double checking the dosage
  • Illegible doctor handwriting
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage
  • Typing the wrong prescription order into an automated system
  • Misreading the dosage marked on the medication

Possible Consequences of Medication Errors

Prescription medications are stronger than over-the-counter drugs, so administration of the wrong dosage can have severe consequences. If too little medication is administered, patients may experience pain, prolonged illness, infection, or delayed recovery. When too much medication is administered, patients may suffer from:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Organ damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Death

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical professionals will make mistakes, but not all are grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. To prove medical malpractice, these factors must be met:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship existed
  2. The doctor was negligent in their care, or failed to meet the accepted standard of care
  3. Neglect was the direct cause of illness or injuries
  4. The patient suffered damages as the result of the illness or injury

Establishing medical neglect is often the key point of a medical malpractice claim. To prove that neglect caused a medication error, attorney Harris must be able to demonstrate that the mistake was unreasonable, or one that would not be made by a similarly trained medical professional in the same situation. Our legal team works alongside medical experts to gather the evidence needed to prove medical malpractice so that our Salt Lake City clients can be compensated for their losses.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has suffered damages related to a medication error, lawyer Lynn C. Harris can help you determine whether you have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim. To discuss your case with our legal team, send us a message online or call (801) 375-9801 and schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.

Related to This

Lynn C. Harris

Lynn C. Harris

Lynn Harris is a personal injury attorney dedicated to helping victims rebuild their lives. He does not collect compensation unless you do. Mr. Harris is part of the Jones Waldo law firm, which has five locations in four cities in Utah:

  • Park City
  • Lehi
  • Salt Lake City
  • Provo

He can arrange to meet you at the location nearest you. If you or a loved one has been injured, reach out to our firm online or call (801) 375-9801 today.

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in 3325 N University Ave Ste 200 Provo, UT

Provo Office

3325 N University Ave
Ste 200
Provo, UT 84604

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

Google map image of our location in 170 S Main St Ste 1500 Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City Office

170 S Main St
Ste 1500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

Google map image of our location in 1441 West Ute Blvd. Suite 330 Park City, UT

Park City Location

1441 West Ute Blvd.
Suite 330
Park City, UT 84098

Open Today 8:30am - 5:00pm

Google map image of our location in 3451 N Triumph Blvd. Suite 206 Lehi, UT

Lehi Office

3451 N Triumph Blvd.
Suite 206
Lehi, UT 84043

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

Which location would you prefer?

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(801) 375-9801 Send a message