My husband was treated at a hospital in Philadelphia. I believe he was given the wrong medication and he got worse. Is the hospital liable?


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It depends on being able to prove that a medication mistake actually occurred and that it resulted in an adverse reaction or otherwise caused complications with recovery. Hospital medication errors are actually very common in the U.S., and many medication errors cause what are called “adverse drug events” (ADEs). However, proving them will require review by a medical malpractice lawyer with experience in medication mistake cases.

Proving that a hospital committed a medication mistake requires intensive review of the patient’s medical history and all hospital records. In many cases involving a hospital medication mistake, the hospital’s internal drug/medication procedures will be at issue, such as:

  • drug ordering procedures,
  • drug order verification procedures,
  • drug preparation and dispensing procedures, and
  • drug administration procedures.

Related: Hospital/Doctor Medication & Drug Mistakes in Pennsylvania

Many hospitals, such as those in Philadelphia, fail to properly train employees about drug/medication procedures or otherwise fail to enforce or update drug/medication procedures. As a result, hospital employees, including hospital pharmacists, doctors, nurses, etc. can and do make mistakes.

In addition, it is important to note that in the vast majority of hospital medication error cases, medical experts will be required to prove that the standard of care was breached (i.e., that the medication error occurred due to a breach of common practice among hospital employees).

Therefore, it is vital to speak to a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer immediately. In drug medication mistake cases, the two year statute of limitations in Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases begins ticking on the date the drug was administered.


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