The Dangers of Medication and Prescription Errors
Mediation errors can happen at any point, from prescribing and transcribing to dispensing and monitoring. The prescribing physician, pharmacist, and any related healthcare professionals have a responsibility to ensure your medication is safely and appropriately administered. Errors related to medication can have serious and even fatal consequences, including overdose, allergic reaction, and death. If you or your loved one has experienced a prescription error, a medication errors lawyer can help you recover compensation. Richard A. “Rick” Sandoval has proven an invaluable resource for patients in the Santa Fe, NM, who have fallen victim to medical malpractice. Over his 20-year career, he has helped recover millions in damages. To discuss your case, contact us for a free review.
What Causes a Medication Error?
Medication errors can be caused by any number of reasons, including:
- Lack of training
- Insufficient knowledge of drugs and interactions
- Inadequate knowledge of the patient and their medical history
- Poor communication between doctors, nurses, and pharmacists
Not only can your physician be held responsible, but also those who administered the medication as well as the pharmacist who filled the prescription.
In New Mexico, there are rules and regulations that pharmacists must adhere to regarding the distribution of medication. Your pharmacist has a responsibility to educate you on the proper use of medication as well as the potential side effects and contraindications. If the pharmacist identifies an error at any point, it is his or her duty to contact the prescribing physician before providing you with the medication. Any negligence on the part of the pharmacist may be grounds for legal action.
Examples of Medication Errors
Even a small mistake on the part of a pharmacist or prescribing physician can have very serious consequences, including overdose, allergic reaction, and wrongful death. Common errors include:
- Providing or administering the wrong medication
- Neglecting to identify or disclose drug interactions
- Improperly labeling the package
- Prescribing medication that a patient is allergic to
- Prescribing an improper dose
There are several parties involved when it comes to prescribing and delivering medication. Our team can help establish liability in the case of an error and hold the appropriate party accountable.
Over the course of two decades in practice, Mr. Sandoval has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients and is ready to fight for you.
What Sets Our Practice Apart
To help our clients collect the maximum compensation for their injuries, we work with life care planners and economists. Together, we can prepare and present a detailed life care plan that adequately represents the extent of your injuries. Your plan will also feature the type of long-term care you need and the projected costs so you are fully covered.
Schedule Your Free Case Review
Medication errors can be overwhelming for you and your family, especially if you require extensive medical care. Our team at Sandoval Firm is here to help. Mr. Sandoval is committed to finding the source of the medication error, arranging the care you need, and ensuring that the parties responsible are held liable for their negligence. Over the course of two decades in practice, Mr. Sandoval has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, and he is ready to fight for you. Schedule your free case review by calling us at (505) 795-7790 or contacting us online.