When you are prescribed a medication by your doctor, you trust it is the correct medication and correct dosage that will effectively treat your condition. It is the responsibility of your physician to ask the patient the right questions and perform the appropriate examinations to determine the best medication and dosage for that individual. However, at times, at the fault of the physician or another member of the medical staff, medication errors may occur.
What is a medication error?
While many errors can be made when prescribing and administering medication to a patient, these are the more common examples:
- Administering the wrong medication
- Administering the wrong dosage of medication
- Mislabeling medication
- Prescribing a medication to a patient who is allergic to it
- Prescribing a medication that has a negative interaction with other medications the patient is taking
- Failing to inform a patient about the side effects of a medication
The errors listed above may result in minimal to severe consequences for the patient, including death. Anyone who is involved in prescribing and preparing medications can be liable, including physicians, nurses, hospitals and pharmacists.
What can I do if I have been a victim of a medication error?
If you suspect that you were prescribed or administered the wrong medication and have suffered harm as a result, you should first contact your pharmacist or physician and follow their instructions, then call Thurswell Law at (248) 354-2222. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys provide free consultations and will look at your medical records to determine whether you have a malpractice case. There is no fee unless you collect. Call us today – with over 47 years of experience, we are the best choice for your claim.