Atlanta Medication Error Lawyers
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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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. The wrong amount of medication can have a detrimental impact on a patient. Too high, and there could be serious side effects and lasting damage. Too low, and whatever illness is being treated could have the opportunity to worsen. The wrong type of medicine can have similarly dangerous effects.
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.
Doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacies, and the manufacturer of the medicine can all be held liable. Essentially, anyone involved in the process of providing the medicine for the patient. Medication gets passed through many hands before making it to its intended destination, and anyone of the people who handle it can make a mistake with deadly consequences.
Frighteningly, there are many different bumps along the road that can lead to a medication error. A doctor or nurse could give a patient the wrong dosage. It is incredibly easy to accidentally give the wrong amount of medication. As the prescription gets passed down the chain of doctor to nurse to pharmacist and back up, someone could accidentally move a decimal point up or down. Or maybe one of the doctors, in classic fashion, has terrible handwriting and the prescription is simply misread.
Perhaps a medication is mislabeled. The nurse or doctor administering it may believe it is the medicine the patient needs, when really, it’s something completely different. This could lead to an allergic reaction, to lasting pain and injury, or even death.
It is alarmingly common for a physician to not warn a patient of the side effects of their medication or to prescribe a medication which is contraindicated based upon other medications the patient is taking.
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.
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