Medication Errors Harming Children: Oregon Birth Injury Attorney

Medication Errors and Prescription Mistakes are Common Forms of Oregon Birth Injury Malpractice


According to a large study, in the United States a newborn or child is subject to a medication error every eight minutes.  In children under the age of 6, the study found 63,000 incident of medication errors from 2002 through 2012.  The most common errors were pain medication, and second most common were cough and cold medications.  Child victims who were less than one year old were 39 out of 10,000 medication errors.  Medication errors here were more likely to be fatal or cause serious injury.


These errors are caused by both medical malpractice but also by mistakes at schools, family care practices, and at home by parents or caregivers.  Whenever and wherever these mistakes occur, they can result in very serious instances of medical malpractice which permanent damage a young child.  When a healthcare provider causes this error, the injury is even more devastating type of birth injury and medical malpractice.


Causes of Medication Errors in Children


Medications and prescriptions are largely based on height and weight.  For newborns it is really weight and age that matters.  In a hospital setting with a young child or newborn, this can be more complicated to determine—especially in an emergency situation.  Certain medications are not as reliable or controlled for use on children, whereas other medications can only be used as a last resort on a child.  Further still, all children may react to medications and prescriptions differently.  This is especially due because many times we do not yet know what the child may be allergic to or not tolerate well.


Thus, in a hospital or healthcare setting one of the most common mistakes by a healthcare provider is not monitoring a young patient after administering a medication or drug.  Another error is not properly gauging the child’s height and weight.  Using the wrong medication for a young child is also a medication error.  As with all medication errors, mixing up medications and patients or doses can also result in very serious injuries or even death to a young child.


Damages to Children Due to Medication Errors in Oregon


When a Bend or Portland healthcare provider makes a mistake in providing medication to a young child, the results can be permanent.  Some common damages to young children or newborns due to medication errors and prescription mistakes in Oregon include the following:


  • Nerve damage due to overly strong or caustic medication;
  • Medication complications damaging organs, including the brain;
  • Liver damage;
  • Kidney damage;
  • Stomach or esophagus damage;
  • Internal bleeding;
  • Injection site infection;
  • Permanent injury;
  • Brain damage due to lack of oxygen from overdose;
  • Damage to vision or hearing;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.


Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Medication Errors to Young Children and Newborns


When a newborn or young child is the victim of medical malpractice due to a medication or surgical error, you and your family may be entitled to compensation to health the child’s future medical expenses and costs.  Call to schedule a FREE appointment to learn what your rights may be. We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you

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