Every year in the United States, it is estimated that more than 1 million patients suffer from medication errors. This type of error can have devastating consequences, leaving a patient seriously injured or ill. In some cases, a medication error can even lead to death.The most common reasons for medication errors include:
- administering the wrong medication;
- administering the wrong dosage of medication; and
- failing to take note of interactions that can occur with other medications.
One type of medication error that can occur is when an IV pump malfunctions. This can be caused by defective equipment or human error. The importance of an IV pump functioning properly cannot be overstated, as the IV pump controls the amount of medication going into a patient.If an IV pump malfunctions, it can cause a patient to be administered too much or too little medication. While medical personnel may rely on these pumps to carry out this task accurately, they still have a duty to oversee the proper functioning of an IV pump.If you have experienced a medication error because of an IV pump error or any other type of hospital equipment failure, you should contact a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer. A Chicago medical malpractice lawyer can talk to you about your options for legal recourse. Contacting a Chicago Medical Malpractice LawyerAt the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation due to you or your loved one for any injuries or loss of life due to medical malpractice. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080.