Many people tend to think of medical malpractice in somewhat limited terms. Prescription errors are not typically the first things that come to mind when someone thinks about medical malpractice. The truth is, prescribing the wrong medication is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice. Medication injuries have surged in recent years, adversely affecting the lives of millions of people. These errors result in preventable adverse events that are responsible for thousands of deaths every year.
Various types of prescription errors are made, including the type of medication, the duration or dose prescribed for the patient, prescribing drugs to which the patient is allergic, or prescribing a drug that causes a negative interaction with another drug the patient is taking. Any of these errors can result in permanent injury or death—a tragedy compounded by the fact that the medication was prescribed to the patient by a physician entrusted with his or her care.
Depending upon the specific type of prescription error, a patient may experience any of a wide variety of side effects that could result in permanent injury to the brain and organs, or even death. If you believe that you have been harmed because of errors made with a prescription, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important to seek the counsel of an experienced medical malpractice attorney, because there are strict time limits governing how soon a claim must be filed.
Doctors need to keep up to date on the latest developments in prescribing medication for their patients
There are a number of factors that may contribute to a physician’s negligence when prescribing medication, but prescription drugs are serious medicines that can and do cause serious harm when taken incorrectly. Physicians are highly trained professionals given the responsibility of safely and accurately prescribing medications to their patients, as well as doing everything possible to see that the drugs are administered properly.
Patient safety is paramount and certainly the most important reason for any and all of the precautions taken, including extensive FDA testing and strict regulation. Staying informed with up-to-date knowledge of medications is a primary responsibility of physicians, and certainly required of any physician before prescribing a specific medication.
Children may be at greater risk
Sadly, children are at particular risk of medication errors, primarily attributable to incorrect dosage. Approximately one in 100 medication errors results in what is known as an adverse drug event, in which a pediatric patient is harmed or dies as a result. Obviously, children and adolescents have an immature physiology. Many medications are developed in concentrations appropriate for adults. Determining child dosages of certain medications involves a calculation based on the child’s weight, adding to the risk of medication error.
If you believe that your child was injured due to a medication error, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can assist you in determining whether there has been medical negligence, and advise you as to whether you have a valid claim for compensation.
If you’re an injured patient, don’t wait
For medical malpractice claims in which the patient is injured by a medication error, it is important to take action right away. Seek counsel from a qualified medical malpractice attorney. The attorneys at Eisenberg Rothweiler Winkler Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. are here to help—a firm with experienced medical malpractice attorneys who will fight to get you the recovery you deserve. If you or someone you know has suffered from any form of medical negligence, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.