The Wrong Medication Or Wrong Dosage Can Be Deadly
Medicine is supposed to help us. The right medication in the right dosage can heal us, take away our pain, prevent future health problems, and cure us of ills. In fact, throughout modern healthcare, advances in medicine and medication have saved countless lives and improved the quality of life of all of humankind.
However, it is vital to understand that medications must be handled carefully and correctly in order to heal. The wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication can be injurious, or even deadly. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacists have a responsibility to prescribe, administer, and monitor medications in a safe and responsible manner. If a medication error takes place because of negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for damages, including:
- Past and future medical bills related to your injuries.
- Lost wages and lost future wages.
- Out-of-pocket expenses.
- Pain and suffering.
Incorrect medications are given to tens of thousands of patients every year. These errors can result in serious complications, including death. It is imperative that the history of each patient is thoroughly examined and questioned before a new drug is administered or prescribed, and that the chosen drugs are chosen and administered carefully. If not, the patient could suffer from kidney or liver damage, or the heart and lungs could be severely affected. Overdoses could also lead to coma and death.
If you or a loved one have been injured by any kind of medication error, you need to know your legal options. Contact Gladstein Law Firm today to get your questions answered and to find out if you have a possible Kentucky medical malpractice claim: (800) 991-0474.
Common Examples of Medication Errors in Kentucky
Medication errors can occur in a wide variety of ways and in a number of places, from your family practitioner’s office, to the hospital, to the pharmacy. An error may take place when a healthcare facility administers a prescription to a patient, or when a hospital pharmacy fills a prescription, not knowing that the patient is allergic to the drug. A physician’s handwriting may be difficult to decipher so the pharmacist makes a mistake, or a pharmacist assistant may put the wrong pills into a bottle. In other instances, a patient may be taking two or three other drugs that will negatively interact with the prescription.
The most common medication errors include:
- A doctor prescribes the wrong medicine.
- A doctor under-prescribes or over-prescribes a medication.
- A doctor prescribes a drug for the wrong frequency or wrong duration.
- A doctor prescribes a drug even when a patient has a known allergy.
- A doctor prescribes a drug that has a known adverse reaction with another drug.
- A medical professional administers the wrong medication.
- A medical professional administers the wrong dose of medication.
- A medical professional incorrectly administers a medication.
- The wrong prescription is filled, due to illegible writing.
- The pharmacist distributes the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medication.
- A medical professional administers a known defective drug.
- A medical professional administers an expired drug.
- A doctor or pharmacist fails to tell a patient about serious possible side-effects.
- A doctor fails to monitor the side-effects or efficacy of a medication.
Medication Errors Involving Children and the Elderly
Because infants and toddlers are so small, and because their immune symptoms are not yet developed, they are much more sensitive to errors in medication, especially dosage errors. They are also less likely to be able to report early symptoms that something is wrong, or to notice that their medication is not correct.
On the other hand, the elderly also suffer more severe consequences from medication errors, because they often have weakened immune systems, chronic illnesses, and more frail bodies. The elderly are also more likely to be taking multiple medications and to have more medication allergies. Because of their age, and because they may be taking many different prescriptions, seniors may not notice a medication error early. They also may not be able to quickly tie a serious health issue with a medication error.
Talk to an Experienced Malpractice Attorney in Louisville, Kentucky
Seth Gladstein is a medical malpractice lawyer based in Louisville, Kentucky, who has extensive experience handling medication error cases. If you or a loved one has been affected by prescription medication errors, we invite you to call Gladstein Law Firm today. Our legal team can guide you through an investigation to determine if you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Call the office at (502) 855-4177 or toll-free at (800) 991-0474. In addition, we invite you to fill out the email form on our website. Someone from our team will contact you directly to schedule your no-risk, free consultation.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Client pays costs only upon recovery.