Modern prescription medications are amazing. They can stop diseases. They can regulate your heartbeat, the way your liver works, your blood sugar, your hormones, and even your happiness. They are powerful enough to work miracles. And they are also powerful enough to kill.
Prescription errors are responsible for more than one million injuries and wrongful deaths every year. In fact, it has been estimated that approximately one prescription error is made on average per patient every day in our country. While many of these errors do not cause any harm to the patient, there are still too many instances where they result in catastrophic consequences.
Causes of Prescription Errors
Prescription errors can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Medication errors by the prescribing doctor
- Pharmacy errors by the pharmacy filling the prescription
- Nursing errors by the nurse dispensing the medication to the patient
Types of Prescription Errors
Common examples of prescription errors include:
- Negligent dosing – This can occur when a doctor, pharmacist, or nurse makes an error resulting in an overdose or an underdose of a patient’s medication. Receiving the wrong dosage, whether too much or too little, can often result in serious injuries or even death.
- Wrong drug – Sometimes a doctor, pharmacist, or nurse makes an error resulting in the wrong drug being given to a patient. This can lead to two serious problems – the patient will not receive the benefits intended by the correct drug, and the wrong drug may potentially cause the patient to suffer a serious injury.
- Drug interactions – When multiple drugs are taken at the same time, they might interact with each other, causing potentially dangerous side effects.
- Allergic reactions – Doctors have a responsibility to review a patient’s medical history for any evidence of drug allergies. If a doctor’s negligence results in the prescription of a drug which causes an allergic reaction in the patient, the consequences can be devastating.
- Side effects – Many drugs are accompanied by serious side effects. Physicians have an obligation to warn patients about these side effects so that they can make an informed decision about whether taking the medication is worth the risks posed by these side effects. In some cases, doctors must monitor patients to make sure that they do not suffer a potentially life altering or fatal side effect. Failure to do so constitutes medical malpractice.
Experienced Dallas Prescription Error Attorneys
The Dallas prescription error lawyers at Polewski & Associates are familiar with prescription error cases because we have been handling them for decades. If you think that you or your loved one has been hurt because of a medication or prescription error, we can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Your case will be handled by a board certified personal injury trial lawyer and reviewed by an attorney who is also a licensed medical doctor. These qualifications give us a unique ability to detect evidence of medical malpractice, and we will fight aggressively to hold the negligent parties accountable for your prescription error.
Please contact Polewski & Associates today to schedule your free initial consultation. Our prescription error lawyers serve clients in Dallas and throughout North Texas.