Medication errors occur all too frequently in the United States. They account for thousands of deaths each year throughout the country. They may be the result of negligent acts, such as failing to follow proper procedures, failing to communicate necessary information, and failing to verify the patient’s information, including any allergies. In a Maryland medication error case alleging negligence, a medication error victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty by exercising a certain degree of care toward the victim, the defendant failed to meet the requisite standard of care, the victim suffered injuries, and the defendant’s conduct caused the victim’s injuries.
Medication errors can involve the improper administration of a vaccine. According to an analysis conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices of reported vaccine errors in 2017, the majority of errors involved administration of the wrong vaccine. Other errors included expired vaccines, the wrong dose, the wrong age, the wrong timing, the wrong patient, the wrong route, and a component/vaccine omission. In some cases, a vaccine error may simply negate the effect of the vaccine, but other errors may cause injury and even death.
Victims of vaccine errors or other medication errors may be able to recover compensation for their injuries by filing a Maryland negligence claim. Victims often need an expert to testify to prove their case by establishing a link between the medical error and the victim’s injuries. Experts may also be able to testify concerning whether an error was made and who was at fault. Generally, a Maryland negligence claim must be filed within three years of the date of the victim’s injury. Plaintiffs in medication error cases may be entitled to recover financial compensation for medical bills, physical therapy, future medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, and other damages.
62 patients received improperly mixed COVID-19 vaccines
According to a recent news report, 62 patients recently received improperly mixed COVID vaccines at a pharmacy. Staff members at the pharmacy mistakenly mixed the Pfizer vaccine with sterile water instead of with a saline solution provided by the manufacturer. One patient expressed concerns over whether the vaccine was still effective, as the CDC explicitly advises against mixing the vaccine with water instead of the saline solution. The patient said that he had not been told what the effect of the mistake would have. He did not know whether it was safe to get another vaccine or whether he would still be fully vaccinated.
Baltimore Attorneys Representing Medication Error Victims
Victims of Maryland medication errors should discuss their claim with a skilled medication error attorney. The Maryland attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have over twenty years litigating claims related to personal injury in the Baltimore area and beyond. Our attorneys can guide you through each step of the legal process, ranging from the initial investigation of your case through settlement negotiations and any litigation that becomes necessary. Contact us online by completing our online form or call us toll-free at (800) 654-1949 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.