Medication errors take a serious toll on the entire nation, sickening nearly 1.5 million people each year, and costing the nation over $3.5 billion annually. The largest misconception in medication errors is that the treatment dosage must be prescribed by a physician, when in fact there errors can occur in over the counter drugs just as easily.
These exceptionally disturbing errors are the reason healthcare providers, pharmacists and even dieticians must be on the same page at all times, and have full access to their patients’ health histories. A single medication error cannot only cause sickness, pain and suffering, but can hospitalize an individual quickly, possibly with a life-threatening illness.
Who is Responsible for Medication Errors?
As patients of the United States healthcare system, individuals receive medical advice, including care, instructions, prescriptions and over the counter remedies with the expectation of care. No one expects the medication they take to worsen their condition, or to make them sick with side effects. The truth is, medication is usually without risks. It is completely up to your healthcare provider to make you aware of these risks, side effects and common occurrences among those who have used the medication in the past.
In fact, most healthcare providers will deliver remedies to their patients to counter these complaints, and when medications begin being mixed, errors occur. The truth is physicians and pharmacists are fallible — as they are human. The difference is, their mistakes can lead to serious or deadly consequences. Physicians and pharmacists are not the only ones who give advice or provide medication. Nurses can also deliver the wrong medication in a hospital or at nursing home, and without a clear understanding of the patient’s medical history or other medication consumption the results can be life-altering.
At Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we have witnessed the wrath of medication errors in individuals wrong and old, and have represented those who were injured by wrong dosages, incorrect prescriptions, drug interactions and improper treatment options. We have also represented those who were misled by pharmaceutical companies, who did not receive proper instructions, or full disclosure regarding the side effects of the drugs they produce.
Our ability to defend our clients’ rights in a court of law knows no bounds when dealing with medication errors, as we understand how devastating a single mix up in medical care can become. There are a number of medication errors that can occur, whether you are receiving treatment from a hospital, clinic, therapist or even advice from a pharmacist.
Medication Errors Can Include, but are Not Limited to:
- Administering Medication that Dangerously Interacts with a Patient’s Current Intake
- Defective Medical Devices that Deliver the Wrong Dosage
- Improper Prescription Fulfillment
- Misleading Labeling on Drug Packaging
- Mixing Patient Medications during Preparation
- Prescribing the Wrong Dosage to a Patient
- Unclear Medical Abbreviations and/or Terminology
- Writing the Wrong Prescription for a Patient
Medication errors can cause mild to moderate illness in those who catch the issue in time. However, some medications can become toxic when consumed once as they dangerously interact. No matter the cause or effects of your medication errors, there is no excuse in the professional medical community for placing your livelihood in jeopardy. This type of negligence should be pursued by accomplished attorneys, and we have the experience and fervor to expose these dangerous cases to help you recover financially.