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Of all forms of medical malpractice, medication error is probably the most avoidable. However, a large percentage of medical malpractice cases result from wrong prescriptions, dosage problems, drug interactions, or other medication errors.
Poor communication is usually the culprit. Doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals in the position to administer or prescribe medication can be found liable when their negligent actions result in medication errors. Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer significant personal injury due to medication error every year.
Orlando medical malpractice lawyer Stephen J. Knox has been helping injured victims recover fair compensation for damages caused by medication errors for more than 23 years. He has the experience, skills, and background needed to examine the details of your case to develop an effective strategy that will help you achieve a successful outcome to these highly sophisticated legal claims.
Common Types of Medication Errors
Some of the most common types of medication errors include:
- Dosage error – Overdose or inadequate dosage of any medication can cause significant personal injury or wrongful death. Too little of a medication can be ineffective, and too much can have serious consequences. Antibiotic resistance from over-prescribing antibiotics is one example. Some doctors over-prescribe certain medications that may lead to or contribute to physical dependency.
- Wrong medication – Miscommunication or general negligence often leads to the wrong medication being administered or prescribed. This can be very dangerous, particularly to patients who are on several other medications which may not be compatible with one another.
- Failure to identify adverse drug interactions – Several drugs are known to be dangerous or lethal when taken together. Physicians must be aware of which drugs a patient is already taking before prescribing or administering additional medications. This extends to dietary considerations as well.
- Failure to obtain complete patient information – A patient’s complete medical history, including previous medications, diagnoses, lab results, allergies, family history, and other risk factors must be examined before prescribing or administering most kinds of medication.
- Miscommunication between medical professionals – This is often the source of medication error, and may be the result of poor handwriting, poor spelling, incorrect abbreviations, mislabeling, or confusion between drugs with similar names.
If you are a resident of the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have suffered an injury due to medication error, please contact our Orlando medical malpractice office today to arrange your free case evaluation with Mr. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.