Adverse drug events (ADE), often referred to as simply medication errors, actually encompass other drug-related medical mistakes, such as adverse drug responses, allergic reactions, and overdoses. Adverse drug events cause serious injuries to thousands of unsuspecting patients each year and actually make up roughly 1 in 3 of all hospital errors. If you have suffered this kind of hospital negligence, contact a medical claims lawyer in Wyoming as soon as possible.
In some cases, these ADEs can be fatal. Doctors, pharmacists, and nurses are all responsible for ensuring that their patients receive the right medications and in the appropriate dosage. When they fail to do so, they may be guilty of negligence and even medical malpractice. Medication errors can occur at any time and in a variety of places—including in your home, in your doctor’s office, in the hospital or at the pharmacy. In fact, adverse drug events in outpatient settings send roughly 1 million Americans to the emergency room every year.
If you or a family member have been seriously injured because of a medication error, do not wait to reach out to the medical negligence attorneys at Burg Simpson in Cody by calling 307-527-7891 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation Form HERE.
There are several types of medications mistakes that can occur, the most common of which include:
- Administration of the wrong medication
- Administration of medication to the wrong patient
- Incorrect dosage of medication administered
- Medication unsuitable for the patient’s condition
- Medication unsuitable for the patient based on medical history
- Multiple prescriptions given in improper combinations
- Administration of experimental drugs without consent
Despite advances in medical science and the implementation of tightening industry standards, medication errors still occur far too often. Physician mistakes in prescribing, pharmacist errors in labeling or dispensing, or nurse miscalculations in the administration of medication are frequently to blame for a patient’s injuries.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured as a result of an adverse drug event, get in touch with an experienced legal malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Call our Cody, Wyoming office today at 307-527-7891 for a free initial consultation about your medical injury.
There are a number of ways that medication mistakes can happen, such as:
- Poor labeling and/or packaging of medications
- Poor handwriting on a prescription
- Failure to fully review a patient’s medical records for drug allergies
- Failure to fully review a patient’s medical records for other current prescriptions
- Failure to adjust dosage based on the health changes in a patient
- Inadequate warnings provided by a drug manufacturer
Because medication errors can occur in many ways and for several different reasons, it is often difficult to determine who is responsible. If you suspect you or a loved one has been seriously injured as result of a medication error, it is vital that you speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. This is especially important given the strict limitations on the time in which you can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. Call Burg Simpson’s Wyoming office today at 307-527-7891.
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