With a staggering number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, the potential for medication errors is a concerning reality. In the United States, thousands of patients suffer adverse reactions or complications each year. But what if the error happens to children?
Prescribing errors in pediatric medication affect approximately 13% of pediatric prescriptions. Research shows that pediatric prescribing errors occur more frequently than in adults. It poses a higher likelihood of causing harm and severe consequences for the safety of children.
Common causes of prescribing errors
Prescribing errors in children often stem from various factors such as:
- Lack of knowledge or experience in pediatric pharmacology
- Miscommunication between health care professionals
- Inadequate documentation of medical history
- Complexity of dosing calculations based on weight and age
Understanding why these errors happen and implementing preventive measures is crucial in safeguarding the health of our little ones.
Suing for prescribing errors
When their child is subjected to incorrect dosages or administered the wrong medications, it can severely affect their well-being. Incorrect dosages may result in under or overmedication. This can lead to potential harm or ineffective treatment. Administering the wrong medication can expose the child to unnecessary risks and side effects. These errors can have long-lasting impacts on the child’s physical and emotional health.
Parents or guardians may consider pursuing legal action in cases of prescribing errors in children. Families may seek legal recourse for accountability and compensation. It would be wise to consult with legal professionals specializing in medical malpractice so they can explore their options. Attorneys can help determine if they have grounds for a lawsuit.
To pursue legal action, they must gather all relevant medical records and evidence to support their claim. They must prove that the prescribing error caused harm to their child and that they could have prevented what happened if they had supplied a proper prescription.
While lawsuits cannot reverse the damage, they can provide financial support for medical expenses and ongoing care. This may help alleviate the emotional toll experienced by the child and their family. Pursuing legal recourse holds health care providers accountable and highlights the importance of patient safety in pediatric care.