Prescription and medicine errors occur all too often. These are entirely preventable mistakes that should never occur, yet some estimates from the Institute of Medicine report that as many as 1.5 million adverse drug events occur as a result of medication errors every year in the United States alone. When patients are prescribed the wrong type or dosage of medication, the results can be disastrous.
At The Mellino Law Firm, we work to hold negligent medical professionals, pharmacies, hospitals, and others accountable. Our Cleveland prescription and medicine error attorneys have more than 30 years of legal experience and are adept at handling all types of medication error claims. We understand the lasting, life-altering effects medical negligence can have on individuals and families, which is why we fight to secure our clients the just compensation they are owed.
EXAMPLES OF PRESCRIPTION & MEDICATION ERRORS
Some of the most common examples of prescription and medication errors include:
- Prescribing the wrong drug to a patient
- Filling a prescription with the wrong type of medication
- Prescribing the wrong dosage
- Providing a patient with an incorrect dosage
- In-patient medication mistakes (over-dosage, under-dosage, etc.)
- Failing to inform a patient of potential side effects
Mistakes with prescriptions and medicine can very serious, as patients may experience adverse reactions to the drug in question. Sadly, these events are often life-altering or fatal.
COMMON CAUSES OF MEDICATION ERRORS
While patients accept a certain degree of risk when taking pharmaceutical and other medical drugs, they also understandably trust their doctors to prescribe the right drugs and pharmacists to correctly fill prescriptions. In fact, medical professionals must uphold a reasonable standard of care. Mistakes are most often the result of medical negligence.
Some of the most common causes of medication and prescription errors include:
- Lack of knowledge and/or training
- Overworked medical professionals
- Miscommunication between doctors and/or pharmacists
- Medications that look alike and are similar
- Drug names that sound alike
- Incorrect or unusual medical abbreviations
- Failure to check a patient’s medical history and/or list of allergies
- Failure to take into account possible known drug interactions
Medication mistakes can and do affect all types of individuals at all different times. A patient staying in a hospital may receive an incorrect and unsafe dosage of pain medication. A nursing home resident may receive an incorrect prescription from an on-staff doctor. A child may be prescribed a too-high dose of medication due to his/her size and/or age. Regardless of your particular situation, our firm can help.
CONTACT THE MELLINO LAW FIRM FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
Like most medical malpractice claims, those involving prescription errors and medication mistakes are incredibly complex. If you believe you were injured or suffered complications as a result of such an error, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney who can help you understand your various options.
The Cleveland prescription and medicine error lawyers at The Mellino Law Firm understand the complexities of this particular area of law. We work tirelessly to help you navigate the process of filing a claim. Our goal is twofold: to both help you recover the just compensation you are owed and to hold negligent doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, and medical facilities liable. Throughout our decades in practice, we have successfully secured millions of dollars for our clients.