Prescription Drug Error
Medical Malpractice can be caused by a multitude of various actions, or for that matter, failure of action, on the part of a health care provider.
Medical malpractice is quite often related to medical negligence, which means the health care professional failed to uphold the standard degree of care that they must provide to their patients, and because of their error or negligence, and injury occurred.
Prescription Drug Errors are a common form of medical malpractice. Identifying whether or not you are the victim of prescription drug error, it's first important to know what prescription drug error is.
Table of Contents
- Mislabeling the Medication
- Administering the Wrong medication or Dosage
- Failure to Warn of Side Effects
- Prescribing Harmful Medications
- Side Effects of Prescription Drug Error
- Contact The Roth Firm for Legal Advice
What is Prescription Drug Error
Mislabeling the Medication
Mislabeled medication can happen before the medication leaves the manufacturer or at the pharmacy. Regardless, if the medication is mislabeled, the patient will receive the wrong medication or possibly the wrong dosage.
Administering the Wrong Medication or Dosage
If the wrong medication is administered, the physician or nurse may be held responsible. Making a mistake about what medication should be prescribed or what dosage to prescribe can result in serious injury.
Physicians and nurses can also be held responsible for bad handwriting. Bad handwriting on a prescription is a serious issue. If the pharmacist misreads the prescription the patient may receive the wrong medication or dosage. Whoever wrote the prescription is going to be held responsible for this mistake.
Certain medication have to be administered in different ways. This means, if a medication is supposed to be administered by shot, it could be given in the wrong place. Certain drugs have to be injected into the body in certain places. For example, there are some drugs that must be injected into the muscles, and others that must be injected directly into the bloodstream. A failure to administer the drug properly could cause serious injury to the patient and result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Failure to Warn of Side Effects
Whoever prescribes the medication is responsible for providing the patient with a list of the potential side effects of the mediation they are giving them. They need to explain to the patient what the common side effects of the medication are, in addition to what types of foods the patient needs to avoid when taking certain medication.
You should always ask your doctor about medication side effects, including food and drinks that could interact with the medication. However, it is up to the health care provider to explain this to you in detail so you are aware of the potential danger of the drug.
Prescribing Harmful Medications
It is up to the health care provider and the pharmacist to pay attention to the allergies of the patient and to know what other medications the patient is taking. This is to help avoid any harmful interactions between more than one medication and to avoid an allergic reaction of the patient.
If a patient is prescribed a medication they are allergic to or that interacts negatively with their other medications, they can become severely injured.
All of the above are very common ways for prescription drug error to occur. If any of these scenarios sounds like something that happened to you, there is a good chance you're the victim of a prescription drug error.
A few examples of some of the side effects of prescription drug error include:
- Unexpected Reactions to Medication
- Internal Bleeding
- Newly Developed Medical Condition
Prescription drug errors can leave victims having to deal with numerous difficulties in the aftermath of another person’s negligence.
What to do if you Believe you're the Victim of Prescription Drug Error
If you believe you're the victim of prescription drug error, you should immediately contact an experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney for legal help.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are not easy to handle alone. You will be up against health care providers who will have a team of attorneys ready to defend and protect them. Without legal help, you are not likely to win your case or obtain the compensation that you deserve for your suffering.
The Roth Firm has a team of experienced Attorneys who specialize in representing the victims of prescription drug error.
Never hesitate to contact an experienced attorney if you believe you're the victim of a prescription drug error. Our lawyer will investigate your case, and help prove the health care provider's negligence so you can obtain the full amount of compensation that you're owed.
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