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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Children at Risk of Fatal Medication Errors While Under Hospital Care

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law

Whether your child is in the hospital for a life-changing procedure or stitches after a fall, there is always some risk to his or her health. Unfortunately, for some patients at Seattle Children's Hospital in Washington, those risks took the form of pediatric medication mistakes--three of which had fatal consequences.  

The first incident occurred in March 2003. A 12-year-old developmentally disabled boy underwent a surgical procedure on his feet so he could learn to walk. Although the surgery went as expected, Stuart Blankenship was given an incorrect dose of codeine while he was in recovery. The overdose of painkiller led to Stuart’s death.

Stuart's brother stated that "[Stuart] was administered a painkiller, and it was an incorrect dose...There was no monitoring, so these two combined may have been what done it." 

Six years later, an autistic teen from Kent was prescribed a fatal dose of Fentanyl at Seattle Children's after undergoing dental surgery. He died shortly after he was released from the hospital, and his family filed a child medication error lawsuit against Seattle Children’s. As part of the settlement, the hospital admitted fault for the tragedy and said they would change how high-risk medications such as Fentanyl are used.

But in September 2010, the error happened again: 8-month-old Kaia Autner died from an overdose of calcium chloride. 

Why are children suffering so many overdoses in hospitals?

  • Dosage calculation mistakes. Nurses may “eyeball” a child’s dosage of adult medication rather than take the time to administer an approved dose.
  • Lack of proper monitoring. Children are often left alone after surgery--sometimes for hours.
  • Wrong medication. In some cases, children are given a look-alike or sound-alike medication that has a drastically different effect than the one they were prescribed.

If your child suffered a medication overdose in a hospital, we can help you hold the staff members accountable for their mistake, getting the justice you deserve and the settlement you need.

Call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 to start your FREE consultation. For more FREE legal information, click the link at the top of the page to receive a copy of our special report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.