1.3 million patients are victims of medication errors each year in the United States. These types of cases make up about one quarter of medical malpractice claims each year. Medication errors can be life threatening. If you are allergic to a certain type of medication, and your doctor fails to either review your chart to note allergies or does not ask about your allergies, you could fall victim to a medication error.
The most common medication errors are:
- Incomplete patient information (failing to take a complete history to
identify allergies, other medications or previous diagnoses)
- Unavailable drug information (lack of up-to-date warnings)
- Miscommunication of drug orders (illegible handwriting, confusing
drugs with similar names, or misuse of decimal points)
These medication errors may qualify as medical malpractice. If your doctor writes a prescription in illegible handwriting, this can lead to a pharmacist filling the wrong medicine or prescribing the wrong dosage. You should not be responsible for someone else’s carelessness.
You need experienced medical negligence attorneys Fellows Hymowitz Rice. We understand the intricacies of complex medical malpractice cases. We will represent you in a manner to obtain the most successful outcome possible for your medication error case.
If you have been harmed by a medication error,
Fellows Hymowitz Rice may be able to help.