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Atlanta, Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Prescription Drug Error

Following a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine, the Washington Post reported that at least 1.5 million Americans are “sickened, injured or killed each year by errors in prescribing dispensing and taking medications.” The number of prescription drug errors is staggering and these errors can have very serious consequences.

As a patient, you have the right to expect that your doctor or healthcare provider will be prudent and careful in prescribing you medication. You have the right to assume hospitals will administer the right dose of drugs and that pharmacists will give you the medication that matches what your prescription says you are supposed to have. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals don’t always do what they are supposed to do and you may suffer as a result.

If you or a loved one has been victimized by prescription drug errors, you can take action against the healthcare professionals who caused you harm. An Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer can assist you in filing a claim to recover monetary damages for medical bills, lost time from work, emotional distress, pain and suffering or even wrongful death if a medication error caused you or one of your family members to have a fatal reaction.

The Dangers of Prescription Drug Errors

Prescription drugs are used to treat a huge variety of medical problems and illnesses. In many cases, prescription drugs save lives. Unfortunately, prescription drugs can also be very dangerous if not prescribed or administered with appropriate caution.

There are many different ways in which a prescription drug error can be made, causing risk to patients. For example:
  • A doctor could prescribe a medication that interacts dangerously with other drugs the patient is taking
  • A doctor or nurse in a hospital could administer the wrong dose of a medication, such as a 100-milligram dose instead of a 50-milligram dose
  • A doctor or nurse could administer the wrong drug. For example, Celebrex and Cerebyx; Zyrtec and Zantac; and Adderall and Inderal are just a few examples of the many drugs with similar sounding names
  • A doctor could prescribe a drug that he knows, or should know, the patient is allergic to
  • A pharmacy could fill the medication incorrectly, giving the patient a different drug or a different dose
  • A hospital or healthcare provider could use chemical restraints, which is the improper use of a anti-psychotic or other drug for purposes of making a patient more docile or better behaved
These are just a few examples of the different types of prescription drug errors that could potentially occur. In any case, where a patient is given a drug he doesn’t need or shouldn’t have, the consequences of the mistake will depend upon the patient’s general health, the drug administered and the dose.

An Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help When Prescription Drug Errors Occur

While the consequences of prescription drug errors vary based on the patient and the drug, there are almost always some type of adverse results when a prescription drug error is made. If you have suffered any type of loss or damage, from experiencing pain to needing medical treatment as a result of the medication mistake, you may have legal options.

An Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer can review your case and help you to determine if you can make a medical malpractice claim against your doctor or healthcare provider. If you are eligible to make a claim, your Atlanta malpractice lawyer will help you to gather the evidence you need to prove that your healthcare provider should be held accountable. This involves showing that no reasonable medical professional in the same position would have made the prescription error that your healthcare provider made. Your Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer will also assist you in proving the extent of your damages, as well as in all other aspects of your medical malpractice claim.

Getting Help from an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyer

At Sammons & Carpenter, our Atlanta prescription drug error lawyers have extensive experience representing clients who have been wronged by careless or negligent healthcare professionals. We can put our legal experience to work for you to help you to hold these healthcare providers accountable and to ensure you don’t get stuck bearing the financial cost of the losses caused by a prescription drug error.

To learn more about how our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers can help you, give us a call today at (404) 991-5950.

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