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Indiana Medical Malpractice Attorney | Medication Errors

Guy DiMartino Nov. 4, 2014


Medication errors in hospitals happen for a number of reasons including misreading prescriptions, failing to follow doctor's orders, and pharmacy errors (wrong medication/wrong dose). A recent article in The Clinical Advisor reported a medication error medical malpractice case involving the death of a physician.

The patient, a physician who was diagnosed with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome a very rare autoimmune disease syndrome. The patient went to Northwestern Memorial in Chicago for a stem cell transplant that would hopefully resolve his problem. In an incident, not related to the stem cell procedure, a nurse didn't read a doctor's note and administered insulin to the patient. The patient slipped into a diabetic coma and died.

During the discovery process in the lawsuit, a nurse testified that she had repeatedly complained to the hospital about the nurses having to handle too many patients on the floor in which the incident occurred. The case ended up settling before trial.

Medication errors most often happen because of human error. I can tell you stories of numerous cases similar to this in which people are injured or killed because a wrong medication or wrong dose of medication was administered to a patient.

Medical malpractice law in Indiana is complex.