Prescription Errors

Prescription Errors Can Cause Personal Injury And Wrongful Death

Medical errors

Medical errors such as medical malpractice occur when a doctor or a nurse makes a mistake in treating a patient. Some medical errors are “hands-on” mistakes, such as a botched surgery. However, those are not the only kinds of mistakes made while treating patients. With the increase in the number of drugs available to treat every conceivable illness, a problem that is becoming more common is prescription errors. National medical statistics show as many as 98,000 people die every year from medical and medication errors.

Patient prescription errors

Patient prescription errors, vaguely referred to as “adverse drug events,” are more common than you might think. Studies have shown that doctors, on average, make 4 prescription mistakes for every 1,000 prescriptions written. Although 250 to 1 odds might sound like a longshot, those odds mean that many of us will be victims of prescription errors at some time during our lives.
Many prescription errors cause no lasting harm, but some prescription errors lead to a serious illness or death. The personal injury caused by incorrect prescriptions result in patients having to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time and also cause thousands of dollars of unnecessary medical bills, not to mention the pain and suffering inflicted on a patient.

Doctors unfamiliar with the meds they are prescribing.

Although the stereotype is that doctors have terrible handwriting, the most common cause of prescription errors is the doctors’ failure to educate themselves about the medicines being prescribed. Common prescription errors include: (1) failing to adjust the medication dosage to reflect changes in the patient’s condition; (2) prescribing a drug that the patient’s medical history shows he or she is allergic to; (3) prescribing a dosage that is too large or too small; or (4) writing the name of the wrong drug down on the prescription pad (believe it or not).

Doctors aren’t the only culprits; pharmacists can also commit prescription errors by providing the patient with the wrong drug, the wrong dosage, or the wrong instructions for taking the drug, even if the doctor’s prescription was correct.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has been a victim of a prescription error, contact us. We will look into the circumstances, help you determine what your options are, and assist you in making a claim for the compensation you may be due.

Remember, if you need a personal injury lawyer or a wrongful death lawyer, Dan Street at the STREET LAW FIRM is here for you. Contact our legal staff if you’d like free no-obligation assistance with your legal questions.

Prescription Errors: Resources

Causes of prescribing errors (National Library of Medicine)

Medical Errors Can Be Deadly Serious
 (FDA)

You can make a difference in preventing medication errors

Medical Errors Pose Risks For Patients

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