Medication Errors Create the Need for Corrective Care
Pharmacy and medication errors can have catastrophic consequences that result in prolonged illness, pain, suffering, and death. If you have been hurt at the hands of a medical professional, you may be confused about what to do next. Virginia Beach, VA, attorney David Cardon can fight to hold responsible parties accountable and help you seek compensation for your and your family’s hardship. Learn more about what The Cardon Difference could mean for your case during a complimentary consultation. Call (757) 306-9060 or message the firm today.
Dangers Associated with Medications
Medication is generally prescribed to treat a specific illness or condition. It is very important to not only receive the correct medicine for the symptoms, but to be given that medication in the proper dosage. If too little of a drug is prescribed, it will have no effect and a patient can experience prolonged pain or injury. Conversely, when a doctor over-prescribes, the effects a patient will experience depends on the medicine. For example, if a physician writes a prescription for blood pressure medication at too high of a dose, the patient may become lightheaded.
Hiring an attorney allows you to focus on recovery, while the firm investigates the case and develops an effective strategy.
With other medications, it is possible to develop thyroid problems or a cause a dip in blood sugar levels. Getting the dose just right is the only way to ensure the medication can do the job for which it is intended. When healthcare providers fail to properly prescribe drugs, or when nursing staff or employees at medical facilities administer an improper dose, the patient suffers.
What Causes an Improper Dosage of Medication?
As more controls are put in place for hospitals and other facilities, and the focus shifts more to financial gain than patient care, the rate of improper medication dosage will only increase. Some common causes of improper dosage include:
- Distracted workers
- Overworked employees
- Poor communication
- Misunderstanding the dosage when refills are made
Errors can be made by doctors, nurses, staff, or the pharmacy. It is important to identify the source of the error when making a claim for damages, and a competent medical error attorney such as Mr. Cardon can help.
What Is a Prescription Error?
Prescription errors include mistakes like being prescribed the wrong medication, being administered or prescribed an incorrect dose, failing to consider the patient’s medical history and needs when writing a prescription, failing to identify allergies or other harmful drug interactions, and any other oversight that causes a patient to experience a worsened condition as a result of taking the medication.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be the victim of a prescription or medication error:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Liver and kidney problems or failure
- An allergic reaction such as a rash
Like medication errors, prescription errors may occur on the part of the doctor or nurse, at a nursing or other healthcare facility, and even at the pharmacy. Pharmacy errors include giving patients the wrong prescription, giving patients another person’s prescription, placing incorrect or improper labels on prescriptions, or providing incorrect usage instruction.
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Hiring an experienced medication error attorney allows you to focus on recovery, while the firm investigates the case and develops an effective strategy. Mr. Cardon will stand by your side, keeping you fully informed every step of the way during this difficult time. To learn more about securing full compensation for your physical and emotional distress, call (757) 306-9060 or contact the office online.