At some point, just about everyone will need to take some type of prescription medication. We rely on doctors to prescribe the correct medication, and we depend on pharmacists to fill our prescriptions correctly. Tragically, mistakes happen, resulting in about 7,000 patient deaths every year. Hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured.
If you have been injured due to a medication error, you have important rights. Our legal team is completely committed to helping individuals and families get the compensation they deserve. Drug mistakes are almost always preventable.
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How Medication Mistakes Happen
Medication errors happen for a number of reasons and in a variety of settings, including but not limited to:
• Doctors’ offices: Doctors get busy, and they are more prone to mistakes when they are overworked and understaffed. Medication errors can also happen when doctors fail to check for drug interactions and contraindications.
• Hospitals: Drug errors often occur in hospitals, where health care workers work long hours and are often required to care for a large number of patients.
• Pharmacies: Pharmacists are also responsible for a large number of drug errors. In the world of pharmaceuticals, even a single misplaced decimal point can mean the difference between life and death.
• Nursing homes: Drug errors are a leading cause of nursing home deaths and morbidity.
Sadly, many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are staffed by workers who lack the skill and experience to deliver adequate patient care. Because the elderly are often required to take prescription medications to manage chronic health problems, medication mistakes are rampant in nursing homes and other facilities.
It is absolutely critical that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians check and double-check prescriptions before patients take them home. It’s also important for doctors and nurses to clearly communicate with patients for prescribing or dispensing medication.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Medication mistakes include:
• Failing to check for drug interactions
• Prescribing or dispending the wrong medication
• Prescribing or dispending the wrong dosage of medication
• Giving a patient another patient’s medication
• Failing to gather a patient’s medical history or family medical history
Whether a patient is harmed by a doctor’s medication mistake or an error by the pharmacist, proving medical malpractice is frequently a challenge. It’s important for patients to work with an experienced medical malpractice team to ensure they maximize their chances of obtaining full and fair compensation for their injuries.
The Importance of Acting Quickly
Medical malpractice claims are governed by a strict statute of limitations. If you have been harmed by a medication mistake, you have a short amount of time in which to file a claim. If you miss this narrow window of opportunity, you could forever miss your chance to receive compensation for your injuries.
Although taking on a doctor, hospital, or nursing home can seem daunting, speaking up for yourself could also mean giving a voice to others who have been harmed due to medication errors. Tragically, some medication mistakes happen because of bad policies in doctors’ offices and hospitals. In many cases, it takes just a single patient to stand up and bring attention to bad practices. Your case could be the one necessary to bring about important change that saves lives and prevents others from experiencing life-threatening injuries.
Drug mix-ups and medication mistakes have become more common in recent years. As the baby boomer generation nears retirement age, a growing number of people are turning to pharmaceuticals to treat medical conditions, extend their lifespan, and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in medication errors.
If you or a loved one has been injured due a doctor or pharmacist’s medication-related negligence, don’t wait to seek help.Call a Houston Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today!