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Most Common Prescription Medication Errors

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

Waukegan medical malpracticeWhen you go to your family doctor or visit the emergency room, you probably trust that any medication you are given will be safe and effective. While the majority of the time this is true, dangerous medication errors happen every day in medical facilities across the country. When medical negligence causes a person harm, he or she has the right to seek compensation for their damages through a medical malpractice claim. Read on to learn about some of the most common medication mistakes made by healthcare professionals and what you should do if you or someone you love was a victim of medical malpractice.

Types of Prescription Medication Mistakes

Medication mistakes can occur during physician prescribing, hospitalization, and pharmacy dispensation. Unfortunately, data shows that medication errors are extremely common. It is estimated that over 7 million people are affected by preventable medication mistakes every year.

Medication errors can occur when a doctor, nurse, healthcare provider, or pharmacist:

  • Administers the wrong medication to a patient
  • Mixes up patients’ medications
  • Prescribes or administers a medication that the patient is allergic to
  • Does not adequately warn a patient about the side effects associated with a medication
  • Gives a patient too much or too little of a medication
  • Mislabels a medication
  • Prescribes or administers a medication that negatively interacts with another medication the patient is currently taking

Sometimes a medication error is minor enough that it does not negatively affect the patient in any noticeable way. However, other medication errors can cause devastating, permanent, or even fatal consequences.

Harm Caused by Medication Errors

Medical advances in the last several decades have resulted in the creation and dissemination of many extremely powerful medications. When used the right way for their intended purposes, these medications can be life-saving. However, when used incorrectly, these medications can cause horrendous personal injury or death. When a patient is not given the right medication in the right dosage, his or her condition can worsen dramatically and new medical problems can arise. A victim of negligent medical care may not be able to work, care for children, or enjoy the hobbies and activities he or she once loved. If you have suffered because of a medication error, you may be able to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. You may be able to get recompense for medical bills, missed work, reduced employability and future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Waukegan, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Healthcare providers and medical facilities that make dangerous medication errors should be held accountable for their negligent actions. To learn about how a personal injury claim can help you or a loved one get compensation for a medical error, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. To speak with an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney, call our office at 847-662-3303 and schedule a free, confidential consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5016741/

http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2006/Preventing-Medication-Errors-Quality-Chasm-Series/medicationerrorsnew.pdf

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