Medication errors can cause serious problems for those who are unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of them. They have the potential to be deadly, and those who have had to deal with such errors should make it a point to get in touch with a legal professional as soon as they can.
How Does A Medication Error Occur?
Medication errors can occur anywhere along the chain, from the doctor who prescribes the medication, to the pharmacist, to the person who administers the medication. There are many types of medication errors that happen all too frequently. In some cases, a doctor might prescribe the wrong medication to a patient. The patient might be allergic to the medication, for example. The medication might not be the right medication to treat the patient’s problem, or there could be an interaction with other drugs the patient is taking, and that the doctor should have caught. The wrong dose could have been prescribed, as well. In some cases, a medical professional might have omitted a dose by mistake or given a double dose. The medication could have been given at the wrong time, it could have been prepared incorrectly, or a patient could receive the wrong medication for a range of reasons.
Why Do These Type Of Errors Happen?
In some cases, these errors could be through the negligence or incompetence of the medical professional. It could also be caused by distraction, being overworked, having lapses in memory, or not having complete patient information, for example. Even though doctors and other medical professionals try to minimize the possibility of medication errors, they can and do happen. They can cause minor issues with a patient, or they could cause serious health problems and even death.
What You Should Do…
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error, regardless of where it happened and who was responsible in the medical pipeline, you need to contact an attorney. The attorney can look at the facts of your case to help determine whether you should move forward with legal action.