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Types of Errors

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.

How to Prevent Medication Errors in Children’s Hospitals

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

You thought you were keeping your child safe by bringing him to the hospital.  He was having trouble breathing, and you took him to the ER without a second thought—doing everything you were supposed to do as a concerned and responsible parent. 

But when the medical staff is not as attentive as you are, they can make dangerous—even fatal—hospital medication mistakes. 

In a recent UK study, researchers found 139 medication errors in a single children’s hospital in only six weeks.  While the US numbers vary, it’s not impossible that the amount of errors is similar—and that any amount of drug mistakes in children is too many. 

Here are a few ways to keep your child safe during a trip to the hospital:

  • Be prepared. Keep an updated file with your child’s medications information and bring it with you to any appointments and ER visits.  
  • Speak up. If a doctor orders a treatment for your child, always ask why it is necessary and what it will do to help.  If you don’t understand what they’re saying, make them explain it in a way that both you and your child can understand.
  • Keep it clean. It may seem rude, but if you don’t see a staff member wash his hands before touching your child, always remind him.  Hand washing is the most effective way to reduce infection.
  • Read the scrip. Always verify your child’s prescription with the doctor, the pharmacist, and once more before administering. If you think the dosage or frequency is incorrect, call your pediatrician immediately.
  • Follow up. If you’re seeing someone other than your regular doctor, ask questions about follow-up care. Always make an appointment with your own pediatrician after an unscheduled hospital visit.
  • Get help. If you think your pharmacist made a prescription mistake, get advice from an experienced prescription drug error attorney.

For more helpful information, order a FREE copy of our book, “How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.”

Remember: We can’t stop all mistakes from happening, but we can at least prevent them from happening to someone else. For a free consultation on your child’s drug error case, call Kennedy Hodges today at 888-526-7616.