Understanding Medication Errors
While many of the medical malpractice cases derive from direct physical actions at the hands of a medical professional, medication errors are a real problem that is experienced by thousands of Americans each year. Unfortunately, this type of error can cause serious problems that can cause harm to any patient who is at risk. Medication errors range and it’s important for individuals to understand what can go wrong.
Types of Medication Errors
Medication errors can occur in a variety of forms, including overdose, the use of illegal prescriptions, and inadequate monitoring. This can also include failure to recognize allergic reactions, incorrectly filling prescriptions, and mistakes made during preparation.
How they Happen
There are a number of ways that a medication error can occur such as a miscommunication between the doctor and the pharmacy or the doctor not knowing the correct diagnosis. The doctor may prescribe the wrong dosage which could lead to overdose. An often overlooked cause of a medication error is the doctor overlooking potential interactions of the drug and how they react to other drugs or alcohol. If the patient is not informed of dangerous interactions, they can be seriously harmed.
Potential Harm Caused By Medication Errors
Medication errors can result in various damages depending on the type of error. For instance, failure to recognize allergies to a certain medication can cause a strong allergic reaction, which has the power to cause life-threatening problems. Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome (TEN), and coagulation problems can also occur, all of which can be harmful and result in long-term physical problems.
At Hampton & King, we know how medication errors occur and how they can affect a patient in the long run. Our goal is to hold negligent doctors accountable when their mistakes cause harm and our Houston medication error lawyers will work hard to protect your rights. You deserve compensation when you have sustained serious injury, and we’re here to help you seek it.
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