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Hospital Liability for Medication Errors

by David Peel on January 18, 2014

Hospital Liability for Medication ErrorsHospitals can be liable for medication errors that occur when a patient is hospitalized. This can happen in several ways, and it is important to know when a hospital is liable for medication errors. However, it is important to know that just because there was a medication error does not mean that the hospital is liable for the mistake.

A hospital can be liable for medication errors if a patient is given the wrong drug. Hospital employees have a duty to make sure the patients are getting the right medication. If the employees do not check the medication, and a patient gets the wrong medication, the hospital can be liable if the patient suffers damages as a result. The patient may be able to bring a lawsuit against the hospital to recover for his damages.

A hospital may also be liable if a hospital employee gives a patient the wrong amount of medication. Hospital employees have a duty to the patients to make sure that each patient is receiving the correct amount of medication. However, sometimes a hospital employee gives a patient too much or not enough of the medication the patient is supposed to take. If a patient suffers harm as a result of this, the hospital can be liable for the medication error. This means that the patient may be able to recover for his damages.

Hospitals can also be liable for equipment that malfunctions and causes a patient to receive the wrong amount of medication. Hospitals have a duty to have equipment that works properly. This means that the hospital employees need to check the equipment and make sure that the machines are working properly. If the hospital employees do not check the equipments and they could have discovered any problems that caused the patient to receive too much or not enough medication, the hospital may be liable. Again, this means that the patient might be able to recover against the hospital for his damages.

If you or someone you know is interested in more information on hospital liability for medication errors, please contact Mr. Peel through PeelLawFirm.com. Mr. Peel focuses on personal injury law. Mr. Peel is very involved with the Christian community and is often asked to address various groups. Mr. Peel practices in Millington, Tipton County, Memphis, and the West Tennessee area. His office is located in Millington, Tennessee.

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