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Prescription Drug Errors

Prescription Drug Errors

Every day, millions of patients in the U.S. reasonably rely on prescribed drugs by pharmacists and physicians to keep them healthy. Patients put their full trust in those with control over the medication— their health care providers—to protect them from the dangerous effects of careless prescription medication errors.

At a minimum, patients expect to receive the correct medication at the proper dose. Yet, prescription drug errors are an unfortunately common issue in health care. According to the academy of medicine, medication errors are a leading cause of death among patients. The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacies provides that annually, prescription medication errors harm at least 1.5 million people. 

Damages

Medication errors can result in significant losses. The results of a medication error can be devastating and may include:

  • Hospitalization
  • Life-threatening injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Disability

In many cases, victims incur significant medical expenses, are unable to work, and experience substantial pain and suffering. As a result, they can often recover significant compensation for the party responsible for the medication error that caused them harm.

Why Medication Errors Happen

While medication mistakes are highly preventable, they are a common occurrence. Medication-related errors can be caused by a pharmacist or physician. For example, a pharmacy may improperly and inaccurately fill a patient’s prescription, or the doctor may fail to prescribe the right medication or even administer the wrong dosage. 

The following are some of the widely recognized reasons a medication mistake might occur at the hands of your health care provider(s):

  • Inaccurate diagnosis
  • Incorrect calculation of prescription dose
  • Unsafe prescription, ordering, and distribution medication processes and practices
  • Lack of communication between health care providers, including
  • Lack of patient education pharmacists
  • Prescription drugs have similar-looking names
  • Provider documents inadequately or with illegible handwriting 

Benefits of Legal Help

If you have had an unfortunate prescription drug error experience at the hands of your health care team, including a pharmacist or physician, and have suffered damages as a result, then you may have a strong medical malpractice case. It is critical to have a medical malpractice attorney with experience in prescription drug error cases to be by your side and protect your legal interests.

Some of the ways that a seasoned attorney can help you include the following:

 

  • Review and evaluate documentation that supports your case, including medical records
  • Calculate your damages such as physical or emotional injury
  • Determine liable parties to increase the ability for you to obtain just compensation for your injuries
  • Ensure you timely bring a medical malpractice claim within North Carolina’s statute of limitations

 

Contact a North Carolina Prescription Drug Error Attorney

If you or a loved one have been harmed due to a prescription drug error by your trusted health provider(s), know that you do not have to go at this alone. Speak to an experienced North Carolina attorney as soon as possible. The King Law Firm attorneys have extensive experience handling medical malpractice and prescription drug error cases. You can get started by contacting us by email or phone at (800) 635-1683 to schedule a free case evaluation. We will help you navigate the complex legal process and help you understand your legal options.

 

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