When seeking treatment, patients may deal with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other hospital staff. The last thing patients expect during their course of treatment is being prescribed the wrong medication,causing them additional injuries.
While mistakes happen in all lines of profession, mistakes in the pharmaceutical profession may adversely impact the patient and result in serious injuries or even death. According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, medication errors often occur due to the drugs sounding similar in name, stored in close proximity to each other, or simply looking alike. Regardless of the many factors that may lead to a medication error, the pharmacist may be liable for any resulting injuries.
Types of Prescription Mistakes
There are two main types of prescription mistakes that may cause serious injuries to patients: 1) dispensing the wrong medication and 2) dispensing the wrong dosage amount.
If a patient is provided with the wrong medication, he or she may suffer serious side effects. This can be a particularly serious problem when dealing with powerful drugs or antibiotics or if the patient is on a number of different antibiotics.Additionally, when the pharmacist dispenses the wrong medication dosage, the results can be fatal.
Getting the Compensation that You Deserve
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries or death due to an avoidable medication or pharmaceutical error, you may be entitled to damages. To protect your legal rights and ensure that you get the full extent of damages that you deserve, you should immediately consult an experienced prescription error attorney.
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For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced New York prescription error attorneys, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 800.529.9997.