Medications are designed to cure or manage numerous injuries and illnesses when correctly prescribed and administered. A source estimates that nearly 7,000 people across the country -- including some possibly here in Illinois -- die each year from being given the wrong medications or taking too much of the right medications. Approximately one-quarter of all civil actions for medical malpractice are attributed to errors involving medication. Sadly, some of those claims are for wrongful death.
A doctor's handwriting may be difficult to read, but that is no excuse for giving a patient the wrong dosage of a medication, which, in some cases, ends with the patient dying. Nurses are often the ones who dispense drugs prescribed by doctors. If a nurse has any questions regarding what a doctor has written, he or she is duty bound to contact the doctor for clarification.
Doctors have also been known to miss something from a patient's medical history when prescribing medication. Drug interactions, wrong dosage orders and even wrong medications have been ordered that cause dangerous side effects. By the time the error is discovered, it could be too late for the patient. If a fatal allergic reaction, overdose or some other deadly reaction took the life of your loved one, an attorney may be able to help.
Before filing a wrongful death claim in an Illinois civil court, all of the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one need to be investigated in order to identify all of the parties who may be liable for your loss. Manufacturers, medical professionals and hospitals have lawyers attempting to disprove your claim and minimize their liability. Cases involving medication errors can quickly become complex and adversarial. Make sure you have someone on your side to represent your interests, protect your rights and advocate for you.