We trust in the expertise of medical professionals to provide us with quality healthcare. However, even with this medical standard, errors due to negligence can still happen, leading to adverse outcomes.
One of the common types of medical negligence victims suffer from is pharmacy and medication errors.
Administering improper drug dosage
Dispensing medication in a higher dose than prescribed can lead to an overdose, which can be toxic and potentially life-threatening to a patient. On the other hand, providing too little medication can result in the treatment being ineffective, potentially leading to the progression of a disease or condition.
Mixing up medications
Mixing up similar sounding drug names or pills that look alike can result in serious health risks and consequences. When a patient receives the wrong medication, their underlying medical condition may be left untreated, which can lead to their health worsening and other potentially serious complications.
Failing to identify medicine allergies
Medical practitioners must identify allergens in the drugs they are prescribing as well as their patients’ allergies to ensure that there will not be any adverse drug reactions. If a patient receives medication that they are allergic to or that has a known adverse reaction with another medication they are taking, this can lead to serious health complications.
Failing to inform patient of side effects
Failing to inform patients about the potential side effects of their prescribed medicine can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries. Without knowing the side effects, patients might not recognize warning signs, delaying crucial medical intervention and possibly aggravating their condition. Moreover, uninformed patients are also unable to make fully informed decisions about their treatment options.
Your remedy against such preventable errors
Medication errors pose serious risks to patient safety and can have dire consequences. If you or a loved one suffer from injuries due to medication errors at a pharmacy, hospital or other care facilities, it is crucial to work with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to ensure an accurate valuation of your injuries and build a stable claim for the compensation you deserve.