Medication Mistakes Attorney
Medication mistakes can result in serious injuries, and patients who have been harmed can hold doctors and pharmacists liable.
Prescription mistakes can cause patients to suffer serious harm. Taking the wrong medication or the wrong dosage can lead to serious side effects that cause a patient’s condition to become worse or tragically, that may even result in death. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a medication mistake, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor or pharmacist that made the mistake. These claims are incredibly complex, however. It is important to speak to a Murrieta medical malpractice lawyer that can give you the best chance of a favorable outcome.
Types of Medication Mistakes
There are many ways in which a medication error can occur. Some of the most common types of these mistakes are as follows:
- Administering the wrong medication to a patient in the emergency room
- Administering the wrong dosage of medication to a patient
- Incorrectly labeling medications
- Failing to check the patient’s medical history for allergic reactions
- Prescribing medication to a patient that interacts adversely with other medications the patient is taking
- A prescription being given to the wrong patient
- Failing to warn the patients of the side effects of the drug
When any of these mistakes occur, or any other, and you are harmed as a result, you can file a claim to recover damages.
Liability for Medication Errors
It is easy to assume that medication errors are always the fault of the prescribing doctor, but that is not always the case. Doctors can be held liable if they did not ensure the patient was not allergic to the medication they were prescribing, or if they include the wrong dosage in the prescription. However, others can be held liable for medication errors, as well.
Nurses are sometimes held liable for medication errors when they do not properly administer the medication. For example, they may give the medication to the wrong patient, or they may administer too much or too little of the drug. All of these mistakes could result in serious harm to the patient.
Of course, pharmacists are also responsible for properly dispensing medication and providing patients with advice about the medication they have been prescribed. When they fail in these duties, pharmacists can also be held liable for medication errors.
These are just a few of the individuals that can be held liable for medication errors. Any time a medical professional makes a mistake with medication, you can hold them liable for their action or inaction.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Murrieta Can Provide Sound Legal Advice
If you or someone you love has been hurt by a medication error, our Murrieta medical malpractice lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP, can advise on your case. We will determine who is responsible for the mistake and help you throughout the entire process so you recover the full damages you deserve. Call us today at 951-397-0928 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.