Medical malpractice comes in many different shapes and forms and can affect people of all ages. The majority of medical malpractice cases are caused by negligence or some form of neglect on the part of the medical professional. This means that the healthcare provider failed to exercise the degree of care and skill required of competent medical professionals, resulting in injury – or worse. One of the most common types of medical malpractice that we see is prescription or drug errors. Prescription medicine is important for countless patients, in fact, many people rely on the drugs prescribed to them in order to live a fulfilled, healthy life. Unfortunately, prescription medications can cause serious side effects, which is why prescriptions need to be properly written, filled, and administered. If any of these things do not happen, the patient may be able to pursue a lawsuit.
Drug commercials are constantly warning us that prescribed medications often come with serious side effects. In the event these side effects are not properly disclosed to the general public or medical community, or if there is some type of mistake during the prescription process, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice or product liability claim.
What is a Prescription Error?
Again, prescription errors happen all the time and oftentimes result in serious repercussions for the patient. If you find yourself the victim of a prescription error, we encourage you to contact Rad Law Firm today so that we can go over your case and determine if you have the right to pursue legal recourse. With that in mind, let’s go over some of the most common types of prescription drug errors we see today:
- Administering the wrong medication
- Administering the wrong dosage of medication (either too little or too much)
- Mislabeling the medication as something else
- Prescribing the patient a medication he or she is allergic to
- Prescribing the patient a medication that may interact negatively with one or more medications the patient is currently taking
- Failing to warn the patient of the known side effects of the medication
These are just a few common examples of prescription errors that can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits.
Who Can I Sue for a Prescription Error?
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be somewhat tricky, depending on who was at fault for the error. While anyone who is involved with prescribing medications can be held liable for drug errors, it can be somewhat daunting to battle a major hospital or medical practice in court. That being said, the following parties can be held liable for a prescription drug error:
- Pharmacy departments in hospitals
- Drug manufacturer
To learn more about prescription drug errors and how to proceed with these types of cases, please contact Rad Law Firm today. One of our knowledgeable Dallas medical malpractice attorneys will sit down with you and go over your case to determine whether or not you can pursue legal action for the damages incurred.