Prescription medications can treat a wide range of illnesses and may be life saving. However, if they’re not used correctly, they can have dangerous side effects. If you believe your doctor was negligent when prescribing medication, you should get in touch with a lawyer from Davis & Brusca Trial Lawyers. If you’re wondering what common types of medication errors are considered negligence, keep reading.
Although most doctors are competent and careful when prescribing medication to patients, mistakes can still happen. The most common types of medication errors include prescribing the incorrect medication, prescribing the wrong dosage, failing to take a patient’s history of medication use and failing to inform a patient about the risk of a medication.
At first, it may be difficult to believe that doctors can make medication errors. After all, they graduated from medical school and are very smart people. However, they definitely happen. Medication errors are more likely to occur if doctors are overworked, have poor communication with patients or have inadequate knowledge of a particular medication.
Patients who are the victims of medication errors can suffer many serious health effects. For example, if your doctor doesn’t ask you about your drug allergies, you can suffer an allergic reaction from a medication and experience hives, swelling, breathing problems and other unpleasant symptoms. If your doctor fails to ask you about the other medications you’re currently taking, you could have an adverse drug interaction.
In addition to the doctor who prescribed you the medication, there may be multiple parties liable for your injuries, including nurses, pharmacists, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
As a patient, you can actually take several steps to reduce your risk of medication errors. Start by being completely honest about all the medications and substances you currently take. You should also ask many questions about a drug your doctor wants to prescribe, such as what the side effects are and how often you need to take it.
If the medication error your doctor made left you with injuries, you can take legal action. It’s important to discuss your case with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
If you’re the victim of a medication error, you should schedule a consultation with Davis & Brusca Trial Lawyers.