Chicago Medication Error Lawyer
Medication Errors & Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
When treating conditions or undergoing procedures, patients trust providers to assess their needs, prescribe the correct medications, and administer the correct dosage.
Unfortunately, medical professionals can make mistakes when treating patients with prescription drugs and therapeutics, and may cause preventable injuries as a result.
If you or someone you love has suffered harm because of a medication error, you may be entitled to compensation. Power Rogers is a nationally recognized medical malpractice law firm with decades of experience fighting for patients and families, and we are available to help.
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Medical Negligence Involving Medications
Our Chicago medication error attorneys know medical professionals are obligated to treat patients in accordance with accepted standards.
When a patient’s care involves medications, we help clients assess whether physicians, pharmacists, and other medical professionals met their duty of care when conducting evaluations, taking notes and communicating with other providers, administering medications, explaining risks and proper usage, and following up appropriately.
If a provider failed in some manner to meet their duty of care and patients suffered injury or wrongful death, taking legal action can help families obtain the justice and compensation they deserve. Our firm helps clients navigate this difficult process.
Our Medication Malpractice Results
Power Rogers has recovered millions for medication error victims. Examples include:
- $23 million settlement for a 34-year-old mother who suffered a stroke while giving birth after the treating obstetrician allegedly failed to provide proper anti-hypertensive medication.
- $19.25 million settlement for a child who suffered severe brain damage after medical providers administered an improper dose of a medication called Albumin.
- $13 million recovery in a birth injury case involving a newborn who suffered brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy after providers allegedly hyperstimulated a pregnant mother with labor-inducing drugs and failed to recognized signs of distress.
- $10.3 million verdict for a client who lost their left hand and toes from both feet to amputation after a medication overdose in the ICU.
- $8 million verdict for the family of an 11-year-old girl who suffered an arrhythmia at home after providers failed to address her condition with appropriate medication and recommend an implantable defibrillator during her care.
- $2 million recovery over the wrongful death of a patient who suffered a pulmonary embolism after surgery because she did not receive appropriate anti-coagulation medication. The defense argued pharmacologic intervention was not necessary because the patient was ambulating adequately post-operatively.
- $900,000 recovery for a man who passed away after staff at a long-term nursing home facility failed to provide him with Klonopin prescribed to prevent seizures.
When is a prescription or medication error malpractice?
Determining when a health care provider’s conduct arises to malpractice is a fact-specific task.
Generally, victims who bring medical malpractice lawsuits will need to establish that: (1) a doctor-patient relationship existed, (2) the treating provider breached the duty of care, (3) the provider’s negligence was the proximate cause of injury, and (4) the patient suffered actual damages as a result.
Malpractice lawsuits over prescription or medication errors can take many forms. Examples include:
- Administering the wrong medication due to a misdiagnosis
- Administering the wrong dosage of medication
- Overmedication resulting in overdose or injury
- Failure to properly evaluate patients, assess medical history, and check for allergies or harmful drug interactions
- Failure to advise patients about potential side effects and risks
- Failure to medicate, including failures to provide medication in nursing homes
- Improper use of labor-inducing drugs resulting in birth injuries
Cases involving medication errors may also involve other forms of medical negligence. This can include failures to diagnose, misdiagnoses, failures to recognize distress during labor and delivery, and more.
Because every case is different, determining if you have grounds for legal action and what claims you may bring will require a personalized evaluation of your case and collaboration with medical experts. These experts help determine when a provider failed to act as a reasonably skilled and experienced provider would have acted under similar circumstances.
What damages can medication error victims recover?
Medication errors can result in serious, life-altering, and fatal consequences. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life and other emotional injuries
- Other economic and non-economic losses
A Record of Success in Medical Negligence Cases
Power Rogers has recovered over $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and $900 million more than our closest competitor since the year 2000. Our success record also includes numerous multi-million recoveries for victims of medical negligence.
Some of our notable medical malpractice results include:
- $55.4 million verdict for a client who suffered permanent brain damage following a bronchoscopic procedure and biopsy for possible tuberculosis. This result is the largest medical malpractice verdict in Illinois history, and includes the largest recovery for loss of consortium.
- $47.5 million settlement for a child who suffered serious injuries after physicians failed to diagnose and treat a bacterial infection. This was thelargest reported settlement in Cook County in 2016 and one of the largest malpractice recoveries in Illinois history.
- $40 million settlement for a 12-year-old girl who suffered brain damage after providers failed to diagnose abscesses, recognize clinical deterioration, and timely transfer her to a children’s hospital. This is the largest settlement for a brain-injured minor in Illinois history.
- $35 million settlement for a child who suffered brain damage resulting in quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, and seizures at birth. This settlement is a state record for a child injured at birth.
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Power Rogers has recovered more than $4 billion for our clients in a wide range of claims, including those involving medical negligence and medication errors.
We know what it takes to hold medical professionals accountable for their actions. From start to finish, we stand by your side to protect your right to just compensation. If you or someone you love has sustained serious injury because of a medication error, we are ready to help you.
Contact us to discuss your potential medication error claim with our Chicago lawyers.