The medication error lawyers at Rikard & Protopapas in Columbia represent people throughout South Carolina who have been harmed by drug and prescription errors. If you are the victim of a mistake, inaccuracy, oversight, or other medication error, your financial recovery can be an important part of your healing process. Our law firm can help.
Contact us for a review of your case by a skilled Columbia medical malpractice lawyer and to immediately begin your financial recovery.
Attorneys for Medication Errors
Medications are an important part of healthcare. The right drug must be given to the right person, at the right time, and in the correct amount. When mistakes occur, victims may suffer serious harm or death.
A medication error lawyer from Rikard & Protopapas can help you meet the challenges you are facing. We have a long history representing victims of mistakes by healthcare professionals, including medication errors. We handle complex claims by preparing scientific evidence and following legal procedures to maximize any potential recovery.
Our goal is for you to receive the financial compensation you deserve. To see how we may assist you, and to start today, contact Rikard & Protopapas for your case review.
Cases We Handle Involving Medication Mistakes
Prescribing the wrong medication
A doctor may order the wrong medication. The drug the patient receives may be completely unrelated to their medical condition. The person doesn’t get the medication they need, and they may be harmed by the drug they are given.
Filling the wrong medication
When a patient has a prescription filled, the pharmacist may give them the wrong substance.
To be effective, medication must be given in the correct dose. When an error occurs in dosing, the patient may be given too little or much. The result may be an ineffective medication or unwanted side effects.
Inadequate instructions for using medication
A patient must know how to use medication effectively. There should be adequate instructions, and the patient should be counseled on how to administer a drug correctly. They should be told what side effects to watch for and what to do if they occur.
Failing to prescribe a medication when necessary
Not giving a patient the necessary medication may amount to professional malpractice. The correct utilization of drugs, including prescription drugs, is a part of providing adequate healthcare to a patient.
An allergic reaction to a drug may result in breathing problems, anaphylaxis, and death. A bad reaction may be the result of inappropriately prescribing a drug or failing to account for a patient’s personal history.
Drug interactions can be dangerous and even fatal. Healthcare professionals should be aware of the possibility of drug interactions. They should account for them when creating a care plan for a patient.
Giving a drug to the wrong patient
Name mix ups may result in a drug being given to the wrong patient. Errors can occur in electronic record keeping, and care providers may fail to verify the person’s identity before administering or prescribing medication.
Medication errors may occur while a patient is hospitalized, during outpatient care, or with prescriptions that are self-administered.
Understanding Medication Errors
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, a medication error is a preventable event that may result in inappropriate medication use. It may occur while the medication is controlled by the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer.
When a healthcare professional makes a medication error, and a patient is harmed, the patient may have a legal claim for financial compensation. Damages may include increased medical expenses, hospitalization and personal care costs, other financial damages, physical pain, emotional anguish, and wrongful death.
Harm from medication errors
A medication error may result in:
- Complications and additional medical problems
- Delayed or ineffective treatment for the underlying condition
- Hospitalization and emergency care
- Disability, both physical and mental
- Birth defects
Victims who suffer harm because of a medication error may claim financial compensation by taking legal action. At Rikard & Protopapas, our lawyers represent victims and their families, personalizing our representation for each client.
Do You Need a Lawyer for a Wrong Medication?
If you have been significantly harmed by the medication error of a healthcare provider or pharmacist, the Rikard & Protopapas medication error lawyers may help you seek compensation. In addition, if you have lost a loved one because of a medication error, we want you to receive the damages that you are due under South Carolina law. Contact us now to see how our lawyers for medication errors may assist with your claim.
Our experienced team has a 20-year history of representing victims of medical error. With 116 years of combined experience, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients and their families.
Here are some reasons people choose the Rikard & Protopapas team for their medical malpractice case:
- With ten attorneys and a full support staff, we have the legal team to meet your needs and any complex issues that may be present in your case.
- Our law firm focuses on medical malpractice claims. We are leaders in this area with a track record of success.
- Our clients do not pay anything up front. We work on a contingency fee basis meaning we will only get paid if we successfully resolve your case.
- We work with medical experts to prove the elements of each claim, including what happened, how it amounted to medical negligence, and proving that the victim sustained harm.
- We’re admitted in South Carolina state and United States courts. Wherever your case may take us, we’re ready to represent you.
- We’ve been named Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney by Super Lawyers, and our lawyers hold the AV® PreeminentTM rating, among other professional honors.
- Consultations are free, so it doesn’t cost you anything to contact us to learn more.
Talk to a Medication Error Lawyer Today
If you have been harmed by a medication error, talk to a medical malpractice lawyer at Rikard & Protopapas.
Don’t wait until it’s too late! Claims based on medical error have a limited time frame. The sooner you contact us, the better we’re going to be able to help you.
We’re taking new cases, and your initial contact is free of charge. Learn about your options and the compensation you may receive. Call or message us now to begin.