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When you receive a prescription from your medical provider, you trust that it’s the right medication for you, but that isn’t always the case. Every year in the United States, thousands of people die as a result of medication errors. Victims of medication errors are often patients who receive the wrong drug, incorrect dosage, medicines they are allergic to, those who are given a combination of drugs which cause adverse effects whose health problems are not taken into consideration. Young children and the elderly face the highest risk of suffering drug-error related health issues as a result of their weaker immune systems and lower chemical tolerance.
If you or someone you love has been catastrophically injured or killed as a result of a medication error, contact The Carlson Law Firm to receive a free, no obligation case evaluation. It’s important to discuss your legal options with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
When a doctor, nurse or pharmacist acts negligently, and a patient is injured as a result, they may be liable for damages related to the medication error, such as medical expenses and lost wages.
In some cases, medication errors can be caused by the negligence of the prescribing doctor, nurse, or pharmacy. Negligence claims may stem from poor oral or written communications, carelessness, system errors, under-staffing, work overload, and ineffective precautionary measures. Medication mistakes can be serious, as they may deprive patients of necessary medication or put them at risk for an adverse reaction to an unintended drug or an overdose due to incorrect dosing.
A doctor, staff, or pharmacist may be considered negligent if they:
- Carelessly prescribe the wrong medication
- Give a patient the wrong dosage, unintentionally
- Give a patient an unintended medication
- Fail to take a history of the patient’s prescription drug use
- Fail to warn of all risks associated with the medication
- Dangerously mixed different prescription drugs
Medication Error Lawsuit
Establishing proof of harm and determining liability are the most important factors in a medication error lawsuit. If you suspect you have been impacted by a medication error, find records of your prescription history, the number of pills or treatments you have taken, and any other relevant information. All of this information will be helpful when determining the liability in your case.
In some instances, the error in medication may be a pharmacy’s mistake, and sometimes the liability is shared among several parties. Only a knowledgeable medication error attorney can determine who is at fault and help you gain compensation for your suffering. It may also be the case that your situation is not unique. Medication errors by pharmaceutical companies or pharmacies may be widespread, and you may become part of a class action suit if multiple parties are filing against a medical provider.
Your medication error lawsuit may be settled outside of court if you, your medication error attorney, and the other parties involved can negotiate and agree on a settlement. Settling outside of court has its benefits, such as quick access to compensation and a speedy resolution, but every case is unique and should be handled differently.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death as a result of a medication error, it is important to know that you have the legal right to take action against the doctor, pharmacist, nurse, or other healthcare professional responsible for your injuries. A qualified and trusted medical malpractice attorney can thoroughly investigate your case, file the appropriate paperwork, and help you recover your economic and non-economic losses including medical expenses, pain, and suffering, lost earning or income capacity and more.
Contact The Carlson Law Firm today. We care, we can help.