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Medical Malpractice: Prescription Drug Errors

When you or someone you care about is facing physical pain or other medical issues, one of the immediate actions considered will always be to seek medical attention. Being in a vulnerable state, most patients will trust their physicians to act with at least a reasonable amount of care. Although rare, some patients will suffer further due to a medical professional that has acted in a negligent manner with regard to that patient’s treatment.

Medical malpractice can happen through various forms of action, or in some cases, the failure to act under certain situations. Negligence transpires when a medical professional has failed to exercise a reasonable amount of care or skill in comparison to other similar health care providers. This can take place in a faulty diagnosis, a faulty treatment plan, negligent treatment and advice, and a variety of other situations.  One common form of medical negligence occurs from prescription drug errors.

If you have reason to believe that your medical physician or health care provider has been negligent with regard to the prescription drug that was given to you, seek the legal advice of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. This article will highlight essential factors to consider when it comes to prescription drug errors as well as what to consider if you are seeking to file a medical malpractice claim.

Prescription Drug Error

Prescription drug errors can transpire in a number of different ways. The following list highlights some of the most common ways that this type of malpractice can occur.

  • Patient has been administered the wrong medication.
  • The wrong dosage given to the patient. (Giving too much or too little of a certain medication)
  • Negligently mislabeled medication.
  • A patient could be prescribed a medication he or she was allergic to, or a failure to warn of interactions with foods or other drugs.
  • Failure to advise as to long-term and short-term effects.
  • Failure to warn of common side-effects.

Filing For a Prescription Drug Error Lawsuit

If you have been injured due to a prescription drug error, you may be able to obtain restitution for your grievances. It is important to determine which medical professional could be held accountable for your injuries. The following is a list of possible liable parties:

  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies within hospitals
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacies
  • Nurses
  • Other staff members involved

Even if you are unsure who could be held liable in your case, seek the support of a qualified attorney. An attorney with the right experience can help you identify the liable party and successfully prosecute the claim.

Obtain Legal Support

Prescription drug errors can be difficult to discern, discover and identify. If you have reason to believe that you were the victim of a prescription drug error, we suggest you contact a qualified and experienced attorney. Prescription drug errors can have dangerous and severe consequences. An experienced attorney can help. The attorneys at Heiting and Irwin have extensive experience in the field of medical malpractice, including claims regarding prescriptions. They are a team of dedicated attorneys that have helped many victims obtain compensation for the injuries they sustained due to the negligence of another party.

James Heiting

The only past President of the State Bar of California ever elected from the Inland Empire, James Heiting handles civil litigation matters throughout California, recovering over $300 million for clients, dealing with wrongful death, serious injury, professional malpractice and transportation accidents. Also past President of Riverside’s County Bar, his firm has served the Inland Empire for over 30 years. View Attorney James Otto Heiting's Attorney Bio Here.

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