Overmedication of Patients in Virginia Can Create Grounds for a Malpractice Claim
Very serious health complications and even death can follow when a person is not given the appropriate levels of medication in a hospital or other medical setting. Two manners in which someone can be overmedicated are: (1) the patient is not given the correct amount of medicine, and (2) the patient is given several different medications that can cause dangerous reactions.
Both of these scenarios are often avoidable if a patient’s medication and medical history are accurately reported to the healthcare providers. However, miscommunication and errors do occur far too often, especially in elderly patients who receive many medications and see many different healthcare providers. It is necessary for health care providers to review medication intake history before administering or prescribing additional medicines.
If you or a loved one was administered dangerous levels of medication, or a dangerous combination of medications, an actionable malpractice claim may exist. A detailed review of relevant medical documents and medical history may be required to determine why the error occurred. If it is determined that the healthcare provider or pharmacist provided a substandard level of care that no reasonable healthcare provider or pharmacist would have provided, you may have grounds to sue a hospital, pharmacy or other provider.
If you suspect you are a victim of overmedication through negligence, I encourage you to contact an attorney with my office to discuss the detail and your options.
Overmedication, as well as under-medication occurs more often in hospitals than we would like to believe. One in five Americans are taking three or more prescribed drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many of us take considerably more. Medical malpractice can be very serious. It takes place in situations in which a healthcare provider fails to meet their duty to a patient and harm results to that patient. This can include any medical professional involved in the diagnosis, treatment, or care of a patient and applies to nursing homes as well as in hospital settings.
An experienced Virginia medical malpractice attorney can you make sure that you are pursuing the full amount of compensation you deserve in the Commonwealth. In Virginia, you cannot even file a lawsuit without a lawyer certifying that a qualified expert is on hand to testify about the medical negligence of the at-fault doctor. This is a very complicated area of the law. Medical malpractice and mistakes in hospitals also happen more commonly than we might think. If you have been hurt at the hands of a medical professional, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.