Medical Malpractice: Medication Errors
Medication doses are particularly important in drug administration. Common errors occur in the writing or reading of prescriptions, whether it be the wrong medication or dosage. Every year people die as a result of wrong medication administration or overdose. If you or someone you love suspects or has knowledge that they were given the wrong medication from a healthcare provider such as a doctor, hospital, or pharmacist, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your illness or injury. Wrong medication negligence can be the result of a number of mistakes,including:
- The wrong medication may be given to a patient when drug orders are miscommunicated due to poor handwriting, confusion between drugs with similar names, confusion of metric and other dosing units, inappropriate abbreviations, or misuse of zeros and decimal points.
- The wrong medication may be given to a patient when the pharmacist attaches the wrong label, an inaccurate label, or inappropriate label.
- The wrong medication may be given to a person with drug allergies, someone who is taking other medications that cause adverse reaction when combined, or someone with special health considerations such as liver or kidney problems that may be affected by wrong medication.
- The wrong medication may be administered or improper dosage of the correct medicine may be prescribed.
- The wrong medication may be prescribed when the physician fails to consider recent warnings about the medication.
Contact Hilbrich Law Firm if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an error in medication. We are medical malpractice attorneys proudly serving Hammond, IN, Crown Point, IN, Highland, IN, Valparaiso, IN, Portage, IN, and more.
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