If you have suffered as the result of a medication error due to the negligence of a physician, nurse, surgeon, or other healthcare provider you should hire legal representation from the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler right away. Please call us today so that one of our Maryland medical negligence lawyers can inform you of your rights as a victim of medication error and discuss your case.
Any type of medicine-related mistake that is made by a doctor or health care provider is known as a medication error. These serious mistakes may severely affect a patient and may cause serious injury, long term side effects, or death. Improper labeling, distributing, administering, and prescribing of medications are some ways in which medication errors may be caused.
It is estimated that up to 200,000 medication errors took place in the United States in 2002. One of the most common forms of medication error is a missed dosage of a medication. The following are some other types of medication errors which may result in devastating effects:
- Giving a patient medication that is only necessary because the doctor made a previous mistake.
- Giving a patient too much medication resulting in an overdose.
- Misdiagnosing an illness or disease and placing patient on unneeded medications.
- Non-functioning medical equipment that may influence the amount of medication a patient receives.
- Not informing patient about all medication-related warnings.
All patients expect their healthcare providers to use common sense and prescribe the appropriate medication and accurate dosage to treat medical conditions. Due to the negligence of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other medical specialists there have been many cases of patients who suffer from serious physical harm as a result of medication errors.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a medication or prescription error you should report it to a physician that you trust. By reporting your medication error, you may be saving other innocent patients from serious injuries and possible fatalities. Any medication error has the potential to leave a patient with long lasting medical problems which may require ongoing expensive medical treatment. Contact the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler today to discuss your prescription error case.