Prescription Medication Errors

Prescription drugs have the potential to enhance health and save lives. When prescribed in improper doses or in dangerous combinations, however, they can cause severe physical or mental reactions than may require hospitalization or even result in death. Medical professionals who administer harmful amounts or combinations of drugs, or the wrong drug, may be liable for medical malpractice.

Medication errors occur more frequently than most people realize. They account for many medical malpractice claims that have resulted in serious injury, illness and even wrongful death. When we are given medicine, whether it is in the hospital, a healthcare facility or from a pharmacy, we expect that the type of medicine and dosage are safe. In addition, when others know of additional medicines we may be taking, we trust that they would know whether a possible deadly or fatal interaction could take place.

Some of the most common prescribing errors include: confusing drugs with similar names; ignoring allergies to medications; failing to consider the weight and age of a patient; failing to obtain complete patient information; failing to stay current on drug warnings; failing to accurately communicate drug prescriptions (including poor handwriting); failing to properly label medication; misusing abbreviations, zeroes, and decimal points in prescriptions; and prescribing too much of a medication.

If you or a loved one is the victim of the negligent actions and wrongdoing of a doctor, nurse, healthcare facility, hospital, dentist, pharmacist or any other medical professional, please contact our firm immediately. You may have the legal right to file a medical malpractice claim in which you can ask for monetary compensation for any medical expenses, emotional trauma, lost wages and much more.