In the event that a patient is injured or suffers harm as a result of medical malpractice on behalf of the professionals in charge of their care, they may be eligible to seek compensation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. In some cases these injuries are caused by issues relating to misdiagnoses, surgical errors, or a failure to properly treat a patient, but in other cases the injury could result from a prescription error. Prescription drugs must be issued to patients safely and responsibly in order to avoid complications relating to things like reactions of mixed drugs, damage to organs, and more that we will discuss below.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a prescription error, contact the team at Timothy J. Ryan, Associates as soon as possible to speak with a personal injury attorney about the most effective way forward through a personal injury lawsuit. Taking this on by yourself is overwhelming and confusing, especially as you are trying to manage your personal and professional life after this accident. Hiring an Orange County attorney experienced in medical malpractice cases is one of the best ways that you can get the support you need through this process, and maximize your chances of a favorable outcome in the California courts.
Read more below to learn about prescription errors, and contact us as soon as possile to speak with an experienced professional about how to move forward with your unique situation.
Examples of Prescription Errors
There are many different ways that a patient can be injured due to errors related to prescribing, but the following are some of the more common instances. If you do not see any example below that resembles your own issue, contact us immediately to learn about your rights.
Administering Incorrect Medication
This can happen in a few different ways, but one way that a patient could be administered the wrong medication can be because of a pharmacy error like the pharmacist bottling the wrong pills. If the person responsible for filling the prescription gives someone the wrong medication, this could cause some serious problems for a variety of reasons.
Giving the Wrong Dosage of a Medication
In addition to the possibility of a pharmacist giving the wrong medication entirely, they may misread the prescribed dosages and give the wrong amount to the patient. Again, this can cause very serious adverse reactions such as damage to organs, ineffective medicine, and more.
Improperly Labeling a Medication
If a medication is labeled improperly, this could mean that the patient either takes the wrong amounts of the medication, believes that they are taking a different medication, or a variety of other problems that can stem from an incorrect prescription label. A patient is issued a specific medication for specific purposes, and by not giving them the ability to take them, the person at fault for this mislabeling should be held responsible for their negligence.
Prescriptions Causing Negative Interactions With Other Drugs
Another important reason that medications must be carefully prescribed to patients is because of known interactions that certain drugs have with others. It is important for a doctor or other prescriber to know this information, and know the types of other drugs their patient is taking, or a number of other risks that someone can face with an improper prescription. This could be for something as simple as a high-dose of ibuprofen, a combination of heart medication and other prescriptions, and much more. It is important that you discuss all of the drugs and prescriptions that you are using before your doctor writes a prescription for any additional medications.
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The sooner you act, the sooner we will be able to help you understand your rights and begin to build a strong case for your compensation after this medical malpractice issue. Contact us now for an initial consultation.