847-797-8000. " /> medication error

121 S. Wilke Road, Suite 301, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Home and Hospital Visits for Your Convenience

FREE Phone & Video Consultations

Home and Hospital Visits for Your Convenience

Call for a FREE Phone Consultation

847-797-8000

Video Consultations Also Available

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in medication error

Arlington Heights pharmacy malpractice attorneysThe majority of U.S. residents take prescription medications from time to time. Unlike over-the-counter medications like aspirin, prescription medication must be prescribed by a physician and are typically dispensed by a pharmacist. The reason many medications are only available through a doctor’s prescription is because the medications have the potential to be abused or cause dangerous side effects. When we take a prescription medication, we trust that the medication will be safe and effective. Unfortunately, harmful medication mistakes happen to countless individuals every year in the United States.

Types of Medication Errors

Medication mistakes often occur due to an oversight or mix-up at a doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy at which a prescription is filled. Some of the most common medication mistakes include:

  • Mixing up “sound alike” medications with similar names such as hydroxyzine and hydralazine
  • Administering the wrong type of medication to a patient in a hospital
  • Giving a patient too little or too much medication
  • Skipping doses of medication
  • Prescribing or administering a medication the patient is allergic to
  • Prescribing or administering a medication that negatively interacts with another drug
  • Mixing up patient files
  • Failing to adequately warn patient about drug interactions or side effects
  • Failing to provide adequate instructions regarding how to take the drug
  • Mislabeling medication
  • Incorrectly manufacturing a medication that results in a medication defect

Bringing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Drug Errors

If you or a loved one were the victim of a drug mistake, you may be interested in bringing a legal action against the liable party. The party legally responsible for a drug mistake may be a medical professional such as a physician or a pharmacist, or it may be an organization such as a nursing home, hospital, or drug manufacturer.  To bring a successful medical malpractice claim for a medication error, you and your attorney will need to show that:

...

Rolling Meadows medical negligence attorney prescription error

Modern times have led to a reduction in mom-and-pop pharmacies and an increase in commercial pharmacies that dominate this business. While some may argue that retail pharmacies have resulted in a more systemized approach to the dispensation of prescriptions, it may have also opened the door to less individual attention being paid to consumers. While everyone makes mistakes in their job, a medical professional or pharmacists’ errors can lead to deadly results. An investigation run by the New York Times presented a pharmacist’s acknowledgment of these unfortunate errors, attributing the issue to a shortage of staff. One anonymous pharmacist from South Carolina admitted to making 10 to 12 errors that year -- and these were only the errors that were caught. While patients have little control over the prescriptions that they are given, there are a few ways that they can mitigate their risk of taking incorrect medication.

Speak With Your Pharmacist

Pharmacies always seem to have long lines of customers who are waiting for their medication refills and few employees working at any given time. Although it may seem bothersome during busy times, it is important to discuss your prescription with your pharmacist. Ask them targeted questions about possible side effects and any other medication you are taking that may interfere with this medicine. By asking these questions, the pharmacist will likely take a second look at the prescription to make sure that it matches your doctor’s orders.

...

Rolling Meadows medical malpractice attorney

Past studies reported by Forbes have estimated that 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed by health professionals each year, which makes up 5 percent of all patients who seek out doctors for answers to their health concerns. Considered by many experts to be an epidemic, the issue of medical malpractice takes many different forms, from medication and pharmaceutical errors to surgical, emergency room, and birth injury errors. Frightening accounts of medical malpractice cases are regularly amplified in the media and talked about in our communities, but many patients are still unsure of how to protect themselves and their families as they turn to their physicians for help. It is one thing to hear of someone else’s experience with a medical error, but it becomes an entirely different matter when it happens to you.

Signs You May Have Experienced a Medical Error

One reason the occurrence of medical malpractice is so alarming is that medical errors are often a silent threat. Many errors go undetected, sometimes for months or years, before they are discovered. The most practical, effective way to stay on top of your health is to be your own healthcare advocate. This means taking preventative measures to reduce your chances of becoming a medical malpractice statistic. You can do this by researching your conditions, symptoms, and medications before you begin any plan of treatment, and doing your homework on the provider you have selected before deciding to become a patient. If you are concerned that you may already be a victim of medical negligence, here are some common warning signs that you may have a medical malpractice claim on your hands:

...

Schaumburg prescription medication error lawyer

If you have ever suspected a possible prescription medication error by your doctor or pharmacist, you are not alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that each year, they receive over 100,000 reports in the United States about suspected medication errors, which pile in from medical professionals, consumers, and drug manufacturers far and wide. Studies have shown that certain populations, such as the elderly and those of low socioeconomic status, are at greater risk of experiencing medication errors, a very serious form of medical malpractice. However, research further reveals that emergency departments are the third most common source for patients receiving incorrect doses or overdoses, placing the general public as a whole at risk.

Prevent Yourself from Becoming a Statistic

With alarming reports of medication errors flooding the news each year, it is only natural for patients in the state of Illinois and nationwide to experience a growing concern about their health and the health of their loved ones. When it comes to protecting your well-being, being a strong advocate of your healthcare is the very best defense against becoming a medical malpractice statistic. Put the following steps into practice to take a proactive approach to protect your health:

...
Elite Lawyer Badge Illinois State Bar Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Asscociation NACBA Manta Member BBB North western suburban bar association 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms Elite Lawyer
Back to Top