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Who is at fault? Responsibility for medication errors

When you enter an Illinois hospital or medical facility, you may be given medication by a variety of health care professionals. In an office setting, patients can receive on-site medications as well as prescriptions through a nurse or a doctor. In a hospital, any number of people could administer medication including doctors, emergency room personnel, nurses, pharmacy staff and others.

A large portion of providing medical treatment is prescribing and administering these medications. Doctors write the prescriptions and pharmacists fill them. When a medication error occurs, you will need the ability to pinpoint the cause of the error. Did the doctor prescribe the wrong medicine or dosage, or did a pharmacy technician fill the prescription incorrectly?

Medication errors are dangerous for a variety of reasons. In the first place, you are not getting the medicine you need to treat your original condition. Secondly, you may be taking a dangerously high or low dosage. Third, the wrong medicine can create or worsen existing medical conditions, and the list of possible harm can go on and on.

No one intends to injure patients by giving them the wrong medicine, but that does not relieve the responsible party of his or her accountability. In order to bring a medical malpractice suit against the responsible party, you first need to identify the person at fault. If you already know who is at fault, a personal injury attorney can help you move forward with your case. If you do not know how to pinpoint responsibility, it is still a good idea to consult an attorney.

Please continue reading our blog and our legal website to learn more about medical malpractice in the Peoria area of Illinois.

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