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Medication Prescription Errors

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When you have been prescribed medicine by a doctor and had your prescription fulfilled by a pharmacist, you would hope that you don’t have to worry about receiving the wrong medication. Given the potential of harm that medication prescription errors entail, medical professionals have a responsibility to provide you with what you were prescribed. The person prescribed medication is generally not a trained medical professional, and you cannot be expected to know the difference between the various shapes, colors or dosages of medication.  However, every year, thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of medication and prescription errors.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a medication prescription error, you could be entitled to compensation for all associated medical and occupational costs linked to your injury, and potentially damages for pain and suffering, or, in the most tragic circumstances, the death of a loved one.

Read on to learn more about medication prescription errors, and if you’d like to discuss your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney, reach out to Dan Chapman and Associates for a free analysis of your case.

Medical Malpractice Claims Include those for Medication Prescription Errors

The FDA defines a medication error as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer”. A medication error can happen at any point throughout the medication-use system.

Medication prescription errors can happen:

  • When the drug is being prescribed by the doctor
  • Upon entering the information into the computer system
  • When the drug is being dispensed or prepared by the pharmacy
  • When the drive is being given to the patient
  • When the drug is taken by the patient

Each year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gets over 100,000 reports of suspected medication errors. The risks of medication errors include:

  • Life-threatening situations
  • Hospitalization
  • Death
  • Birth defect

When a person is injured due to a medication prescription error, the party responsible for the error will be liable for all costs and damages associated with the error. To collect this, you must file a claim, as we’ll discuss below.

Your Medication Prescription Error Could Entitle You to Compensation

If you, your child, or a loved one has been injured as a result of medication prescription errors, you could be entitled to compensation. Collecting what you are entitled to requires that you put together a claim, supported by evidence to prove your damages, and then submit it to the appropriate insurance company to recover your damages.

Hospitals and medical professionals carry medical malpractice insurance to cover the costs associated with medical malpractice, and you will need to submit your claim to them. If you work with a medical malpractice attorney from our firm, we handle everything from claim to compensation so you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we handle your case.

Connect with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Dan Chapman and Associates

When you are harmed by the choices or practices of medical professionals you trusted to support your health, you are entitled to compensation. With an experienced medical malpractice attorney by your side as soon as possible after you or your loved one has been injured will support the best possible compensation in your claim or case.

For a free consultation about your case to explore options, schedule a consultation with Dan Chapman and Associates today!