Prescription Drug Errors
The Washington Post reported on a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine that found that at least 1.5 million Americans are injured, sickened, or killed every year by errors in dispensing, prescribing, and taking medications. Unfortunately, these prescription drug errors can lead to severe, life-threatening consequences and death.
Patients have the right to expect that their healthcare providers will be careful and prudent in prescribing medications. They also have the right to assume that pharmacists will provide them with the appropriate medications as indicated on the prescriptions as well as the correct doses. However, doctors may carelessly prescribe a medication that ultimately hurts patients instead of helping them.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a prescription drug error, you may be entitled to take legal action against the doctors who allegedly caused you harm. A Georgia medical malpractice attorney can help you to pursue a claim to recover the damages to which you may be entitled for emotional distress, lost time from work, medical bills, pain and suffering, or wrongful death if the prescription caused a fatal reaction.Risks of Prescription Drug Errors
Prescription medications are used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and medical conditions. In many cases, prescription drugs can save lives. However, these medications can also be dangerous if not correctly prescribed or administered with caution. There are several ways in which a healthcare provider or pharmacy can make a prescription drug error, including:
- Prescribing a medication that dangerously interacts with other medications that the patient may be taking
- Administering the incorrect medication due to similar-sounding name such as Zyrtec versus Zantac, Celebrex versus Cerebyx, and Inderal versus Adderall
- Administering the incorrect dose of a medication, such as a 50-milligram pill instead of a 100-milligram pill
- Using chemical restraints, also known as the improper use of an antipsychotic medication for the purpose of calming a patient or making him or her more docile
- Prescribing a drug that he or she knows, or should know, could potentially have an allergic consequences for the patient
- Incorrectly filling the medication, providing the patient with a different dose or different medication than what the prescribing physician had stated
While the consequences of a prescription drug error will depend upon the dose, the type of drug administered, and the patient’s overall health, there is almost always some type of adverse result when a prescription drug error is made. If you have suffered from any type of injury, damage, or loss as a result of a medication mistake such as requiring additional medical treatment or experiencing pain, you may be entitled to recover damages for your condition.
A Georgia medical malpractice attorney can review your case and help you to determine if you are entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the responsible healthcare provider or physician. If you are eligible to file a lawsuit, the medical malpractice attorney with whom you work can help you to gather the evidence that you need to prove that the healthcare provider is responsible and should be held accountable for your injury. While you may consider pursuing a claim without legal representation, it is often advisable that you retain counsel who can help you to prove the extent of your damages, speak to medical experts on your behalf, interview witnesses, and work to help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.Have You Been Injured Due to a Prescription Drug Error?
At Van Sant Law, our Georgia prescription drug error attorneys have experience representing clients throughout Georgia who have been wronged by negligent or careless healthcare providers. To schedule your free consultation today, please fill out our free, no-obligation online contact form, or call us at 404-991-5950. We can help to answer any questions you may have and assist you in holding the appropriate party responsible for your injuries.
We can also represent you in court and help to ensure that you are not left to bear the financial and emotional costs of the losses caused by a prescription drug error. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be eligible to seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, or wrongful death if the prescription error was allegedly fatal.