According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medication Errors account for at least one patient death every day and nearly 1.3 million patient injuries each year in the United States.
Medication Errors are far too frequent, and jeopardize the health and safety of millions of Americans. Tragically, many of the injuries caused by Medication Errors could have been prevented if doctors and other medical professionals had followed the proper safety procedures.
The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP) defines Medication Error as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.”
Medication Errors can happen because of an incorrect diagnosis, physician negligence, or errors on the part of hospital staff or pharmacy. We rely on medical professionals to administer the proper medications and in the correct dosages. However, if a doctor’s handwriting is illegible, a pharmacist dispenses the wrong medication, or a nurse misreads a label, it puts patients at risk of serious injury, or even death.
Common types of Medication Errors include:
- Prescribed wrong medication
- Over prescribed medication
- Under prescribed medication
- Administered the wrong medication
- Not prescribed or administered medication due to medical staff error
- Prescribed or administered medication one is allergic to
- Prescribed or administered multiple medications, which together cause adverse effects
Henson Fuerst is Here to Help
It is up to doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical staff members to ensure you are receiving the proper medication in the proper doses. If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries or death due to a Medication Error, Henson Fuerst may be able to help.
Call us today at (919) 781-1107 or fill out an initial consultation form online to speak with one of our experienced North Carolina Medical Malpractice attorneys . Henson Fuerst has extensive experience standing up to pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and insurance companies on behalf of our clients.
If you were injured due to a Medication Error or any other type of Medical Mistake that was not your fault, Henson Fuerst will fight hard to protect your rights and secure the maximum recovery for your injuries.
When you call, you can discuss your case with one of our caring, dedicated Medical Malpractice team members. At Henson Fuerst, most of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless we win or settle your case. Some cases, however, are handled on an hourly or project basis depending on case circumstances and facts.
Call us today for an initial free case review and consultation, and we will talk further with you about how we would handle your case.