Goldsboro Medication Errors Lawyers
Medication errors are among the most common types of mistakes made that can lead to adverse consequences for patients. When treating an ongoing illness, injury, or medical condition, we rely on the medications prescribed and filled by pharmacists. These medications can be prescribed in your doctor’s office, in emergency rooms, in hospitals, and clinics for everything from pain control to those designed to treat symptoms of diseases, to prevent or cure infections, and more. Where errors are made, they can have disastrous results and even lead to fatalities.
If you believe you or a family member has suffered from a medication error, you may have grounds for a claim or lawsuit against the negligent practitioner, pharmacist, or hospital involved. However, you will need to discuss the specifics of your situation with one of our seasoned Goldsboro medication error attorneys at Strickland Agner Pittman. We know what to look for through diligent investigations into all aspects of your case, such as reviewing medical records and other evidence.
Medication Errors in North Carolina
Medications are a prime therapy for the treatment of adverse health conditions, injuries, and diseases. Doctors and hospitals dispense millions of medications to patients every year in this country, most of them successfully. When prescribed and taken as directed, medications can be very effective. However, when mistakes are made by prescribing doctors or the pharmacies that fill their prescriptions, significant problems can ensue for patients.
Examples of medication errors can include:
- Administration of a wrong medication
- Administering a medication through a wrong route
- A prescription that overdoses
- A prescription that underdoses
- Failure to understand the patient’s medical history, including how the prescription will interact with other medications being taken
- Failure to inform patients of side effects
- Miscommunication between the doctor and the pharmacist
- Miscommunication between a doctor and the nurse who will administer a medication
The National Library of Medicine has reported that 1.5 million individuals are harmed by medication errors every year. Adverse drug effects also result in millions of hospital stays with these stays prolonged one to four days. Adverse drug effects can be caused by any of the medication errors listed above.
As in any other medical malpractice claim, you may be entitled to damages for what you have suffered due to the negligence of medical practitioners. These can include all of your expenses related to the additional medical care/treatment you required, your lost wages or income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Our team can determine whether you have a valid claim and the potential damages to which you may be entitled.