Atlanta Medication Error Lawyers
Are You Entitled to Compensation for Prescription Drug Errors?
Medications are used to heal, but they also hold the potential to harm, especially if they are improperly administered by a healthcare professional. Victims of medication error can suffer health issues, ranging from minor side effects to major illnesses and even death. This is why it is vital that physicians, pharmacists, and other medical professionals exercise great caution when prescribing, providing, and administering medication to patients. Any negligence that results in a medication error injury can result in a lawsuit.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to medication error, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable party or parties. However, in order to win a fair settlement, you must first establish the validity of your claim with supporting evidence. At Grant Law Office, our experienced Georgia medication error attorneys have the knowledge and resources to build a strong case in your favor and win you the settlement you deserve. To learn more about your legal rights, call our Atlanta offices at (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955.
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Common Causes of Medication Errors
From their development and manufacturing to their prescription and administration, many steps are involved in bringing medicine to a patient. And with so many steps involved, it’s easy to understand why medication errors are relatively common.
Here are some of the more common ways medication errors occur:
- Pharmacy errors: Pharmacy errors can be caused by illegibility of handwriting on prescriptions or by a pharmacist’s mistake.
- Inadequate medical history: Missing information in a patient's medical history; including medication allergies, past responses to medications, and possible adverse interactions with other medications the patient is already taking; can cause serious harm.
- Miscommunication: Because many medications have obscure names and spellings, they can easily be mispronounced when communicated verbally. In addition, many different medications have similar names. Confusion can also be caused by the difference between brand names and generics.
- Incorrect dosage: Incorrect dosage can be caused by the physician who incorrectly writes the prescription, or the pharmacist who incorrectly fills the prescription. Incorrect dosage instructions can cause overdosing, and also under-dosing. Under-dosing can be dangerous because a patient may believe that he is doing all he can to treat his ailment, when in fact, he may be letting his condition get worse.
A medical professional’s responsibility doesn’t end with the correct prescription and administration of a medication. They also have a responsibility to closely monitor the reactions of their patients after they have been medicated. Patients may experience adverse side effects or serious allergic reactions to a medication, particularly if they’ve never taken it before.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney for My Medication Error Case?
At Grant Law Office, our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers understand the many physical, emotional, and financial hurdles you and your family must tackle after a medication error has caused serious injury or illness. We are committed to helping our clients hold negligent parties liable for their oversight or wrongdoing. Contact us today at (404) 995-3955 or (866) 249-5513 to find out more about how we can help you obtain compensation for your losses.