Drug overdoses or medication errors cause an estimated 7,000 deaths a year. In fact, medication errors account for approximately a quarter of medical malpractice cases, with failure to administer the proper dosage the most common medication error. Nurses bear primary responsibility for providing medication, so nurses — along with the hospital they work for and the prescribing physicians — are the medical professionals most frequently charged with malpractice for medication errors. Common medication errors include:
- Prescription of contraindicated drugs (dangerous drug combinations)
- Allergic reaction to a drug
- Failure to monitor or manage dosage
- Illegible handwriting can certainly be a factor in some medication errors
Hospitals that care about providing quality health services seek ways to minimize drug overdoses and medication errors, which can be avoided with proper training, technology, and standardized medical procedures. Patients rely on doctors to prescribe the correct pharmaceutical treatment for an ailment and a safe dosage of the medicine. Negligence when writing a prescription is a serious mistake that can cause significant damage or prove fatal for a patient. Physicians must make sure to responsibly and carefully prescribe a drug that will best meet a patient’s treatment needs. Doctors must take many factors into consideration such as the patient’s
- Medical history
- Other medication interferences
- History with the drug or a similar treatment
- Other factors that affect the drug’s safety and effectiveness
If you or a family member are the victim of a medication error, please contact our office and speak with a member of the firm. The applicable statute of limitations is likely already running, so timing can be critically important to your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
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