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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.

Fighting the System: Why Blaming One Person for Medication Errors Doesn’t Work

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

We’ve all watched so many mysteries on television that we’re trained to look for the “bad guy” in an unfortunate situation. However, if you’re trying to figure out who’s to blame for your prescription drug mistake, it’s not going to be as black and white as the movies would have you believe.

In many drug administration error cases, it is typically the last person in the chain of caregivers who gets the blame for the mistake. The common thinking is, the last person should have caught the mistake, even if it actually happened somewhere else along the line.

There are a few reasons this way of thinking is unhelpful. First, the human brain will always make errors, and very few happen consciously. Second, blaming a person for an error does nothing to address the main problem, making it more likely the mistake will happen again.

There are two ways to hold a caregiver responsible for a serious medication mistake:

  • “Hot potato” blame. When several people are involved in a chain that caused an error, they react as if threatened. They know that their employers will likely consider disciplinary action, suspension, or termination, and they will avoid or shift blame to protect their livelihood. As a result, the focus is on personal consequences rather than the problem.
  • A problem with the system. In a systems-based approach, errors are seen as the end of a long chain of events. Since the system is blamed for succeeding or failing, the people involved do not have to be replaced—they can be retrained into a better system. The focus is placed on fixing the error, and new safeguards can be put in place to prevent the mistake from happening again, benefiting both caregivers and patients.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you cannot hold a caregiver or institution responsible for your harmful medication error. While identifying the root cause will help to keep the mistake from happening to someone else, hospitals can still be help financially accountable for causing your suffering—in fact, a successful drug injury case will make it more likely that an institution will change its methods.

To begin your FREE case evaluation, call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 or fill out our online contact form. For more information on your case, click the link above and we’ll rush you a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.