While administering an IV is a routine procedure in most hospitals and clinics, it can also be dangerous. Every year, IV errors injure a number of patients in Maryland and throughout the United States. These errors can have serious and even life-threatening consequences for a patient. If you or someone close to you has been the victim of an IV error, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Arfaa Law Group, our seasoned Baltimore medical negligence team will analyze the facts of your case and help you understand your legal options. You can rest assured that we will advocate for you every step of the way.
Intravenous (IV) therapy involves infusing liquid (i.e., blood or medication) directly into a vein. IV errors can take place in a number of ways including, but not limited to:
- Errors in preparing the IV medication;
- Errors in administrating the IV medication;
- Incompatible combination of drugs;
- Improperly injecting medication;
- Administering the IV at the wrong time;
- Overdose or wrong dose of the drug;
- Technical errors with IV valves and pumps.
IV errors can lead to serious, painful and long-term injuries for the patient. Often times, these injuries are not just physical, they are also psychological. In the most serious cases, an IV error can lead to the death of a patient. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to an IV error, you will likely be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties. Medical malpractice claims are rooted in negligence. Medical negligence takes place when a healthcare provider fails to use the level of care that another healthcare provider in the same specialty would use under the same or similar circumstances, causing injury or death to a patient.
In Maryland, the requirements for your medical malpractice claim to be considered valid are typically as follows: i) an act of medical negligence must have been perpetrated by a hospital, nurse, or some other healthcare provider; ii) this act of medical negligence was a direct cause of injury, death, disability, or pain and suffering for a patient.
Compensation in a medical malpractice claim is designed to cover bills that arose from the malpractice. As such, a plaintiff can typically seek medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and rehabilitation costs. If you sustained a long-term injury, you may be able to seek future medical expenses as well. Determining damages can be a complicated process and a skilled lawyer can help determine the value of your case and whether or not you should proceed.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an IV error, you may be entitled to compensation. You can rest assured that our hard-working Baltimore medical malpractice attorney and legal team will give your case the time and attention it deserves. At The Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. Please be aware that we take on clients from all across Maryland. To learn more, please feel free to call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.