When a Patient Receives the Wrong Medication
Despite all the training and thorough diligence that a medical professional endures, medication errors are a common occurrence. But just because they are common, it does not mean that they should happen. In many cases, a pharmacist can be held liable for giving a patient the wrong medication and the injuries that result from this. It is a common form of medical malpractice and usually occurs out of negligence. The problem can also begin in the prescription process when the patient is being prescribed the drug. Common ways a medial professional fails to correctly prescribe are:
- Mislabeling a product
- Prescribing an incorrect dosage
- Prescribing conflicting medications with adverse effects to each other
- Neglecting to ask patient about any allergies or aversions
- Placing the incorrect drug into a prescription bottle
Contact a personal injury lawyer today at Salter Ferguson, LLC to schedule your consultation. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
The consequences of being given the wrong medication are vast, and can range from allergic reactions to fatal overdosing. Those who do live can suffer serious injuries that affect their way of life, such as reduced cognitive abilities, accidental addiction, headaches, vomiting, nausea, and more. A patient receiving the wrong medication could also suffer financially, having to now treat their new ailments as a result. Time away from work and combined with expensive medical bills can make for a very difficult financial situation.
Patients put their trust in their pharmacists and their medical professionals, believing that they have the skill and attention to prescribe and dispense the necessary drug and dose to treat their ailment. They should not have to worry about the effects of someone else’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed or given the wrong medication or dosage for your ailment and have suffered injury as a result, it pays to have a lawyer on your side who could help.