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Champaign Medication Error Lawyers

Has someone you love been injured in Champaign by a nursing home’s failure to provide the correct amount or type of medication? Did this medication error end in severe injury or hospitalization? You may be able to file a claim for compensation against the responsible party.

The Champaign nursing home abuse attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have been helping Illinois residents get compensation for their injuries since 2005, and they may be able to do the same for you and your family. Call us today at (217) 328-2828 for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us show you how we can help get you on the road to recovery after a medication error.

What is a Medication Error and How Is It Abuse?

A medication error is defined as prescribing or administering any drug that causes a patient harm. In terms of nursing home abuse, such an error occurs when nursing home staff or administrators are negligent in their duty to protect their residents and make a mistake in prescribing or administering medication, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Medication errors cause what the CDC calls Adverse Drug Events, which can often cause serious injury and hospitalization, especially for adults over 65. Medication errors and ADEs are growing more common in long-term care facilities as the aging population increases. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health, the most common form of medication error is dose omission or forgetting to administer a dose, and the most common cause was simple human error.

Other types of medication errors include:

  • Overdose
  • Underdose
  • Wrong patient
  • Wrong drug
  • Wrong strength
  • Wrong schedule

What Causes Medication Errors in Nursing Homes?

Medication errors have a variety of causes. The most common cause is human error, but some other causes of medication error can include:

  • Illegible prescriptions
  • Negligence
  • Inadequate staff
  • Poorly trained staff
  • Confusing drug names
  • Confusing drug packaging
  • Improper drug storage
  • Improper dosage measurement

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Medication Error Injury Claim?

Hiring a lawyer to assist with filing your claim can help in ways you may not realize. Here are some of the ways an experienced attorney can help you with the process of obtaining compensation:

We work hard, so you don’t have to. Dealing with a hospitalized family member that was given the wrong medication due to a caretaker’s negligence is never an easy ordeal. Tack on preparing and filing a claim for compensation, and you can easily be overwhelmed. When you retain a lawyer from Spiros Law, P.C. to assist, we will take on the burden of building a strong claim for you so you can get back to the important work of helping your family.

We make sure you get the level of compensation you deserve. Evaluating the amount of damages to request in a claim takes more than tallying up medical bills. We can help recover compensation that covers all your losses, not just the material ones. Damages for pain and suffering or emotional distress are common in claims and lawsuits of this kind, and we will use our experience with Illinois injury law to arrive at an appropriate value that restores your material losses and eases your overall peace of mind.

We handle the insurance companies. Insurance adjusters are concerned with two things: protecting their customer and protecting their bottom line. They have a set of tactics they will use to achieve these goals, including convincing you that hiring an attorney isn’t necessary or that the injuries you or your family suffered are not worth the compensation you’re requesting. They may even go so far as to delay processing your claim to run out the statute of limitations on the offense so that you can’t file a lawsuit. An experienced attorney knows how to deal with these tactics and can help you to counter them.

We know the law in Illinois. Our firm handles one type of case: personal injury. That’s all we do, day in and day out. We’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling injury cases of all kinds. We can use this skill set to make sure your injury claim is accurate, complete, based in fact, and supported by evidence.

Reputation is important. We have a reputation for getting results for our clients, and insurance companies know this. When they see a demand letter on our letterhead, they know that they can’t take advantage of you by sneaking by with a settlement that is less than what you deserve.

We can file a lawsuit. If you take the time and energy to prepare a claim yourself and it’s either denied entirely, or you’re offered a small settlement in response, you don’t have many more options. You can try to negotiate a higher settlement, but the insurance company knows that you don’t have the knowledge or financial resources to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you need. With a reputable injury attorney on your team, the game changes. Insurance companies know that if they don’t offer a fair settlement, you intend to file suit. They then need to calculate whether the cost of litigation and court fees will be more or less than a fair settlement for your injuries.

Why Hire Spiros Law, P.C. for My Medication Error Claim?

Since 2005, Spiros Law, P.C. has helped thousands of clients get compensation for injuries ranging from worker’s comp claims to wrongful death claims. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge that we bring to every case we handle.

We are serious about our client relationships at Spiros Law, P.C.. We take the time to establish trust and listen to your side of the story and take a personal interest in getting you the compensation you deserve.

We give back to the communities that have given us so much. We regularly attend local volunteer events and donate our time and money to local charitable organizations and causes all over central Illinois.

But most importantly, we get results for our clients. We’ve recovered over $100 million in compensation for our clients in the last ten years. Take a look at our Results page for more information, or head over to our Client Reviews page to hear from some of our past clients.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

If someone you love was injured due to a nursing home’s negligent medication error, don’t wait any longer. We are standing by at (217) 328-2828 to take your call. Don’t wait. Call Spiros Law, P.C. today for a free, no-obligation consultation and let us help you get the just compensation you and your loved one deserve.