Prescription drug & medication malpractice
lawyers of Chicago
In a single year, prescription mistakes resulted in over 100,000 patients being given the wrong medication and many thousands of people dying as a result of such serious errors. Prescription errors are one of the most common medical mistakes that occur in pharmacies, hospitals, doctor's offices, and nursing homes across the country. When a medical professional fails to ensure that the patient receives the correct dosage of the correct medication, they may be held liable for any resulting damages that are caused by such medical negligence.
Some of the most common types of medication errors include:
- Incomplete patient information (such as not knowing about patients' allergies, other medicines they are taking, lab results, and previous diagnoses)
- Lack of appropriate labeling (such as when re-packaged into smaller units)
- Wrong dosage
- Wrong medication
- Miscommunication (such as poor handwriting, confusion between drugs with similar names, misuse of zeroes and decimal points, inappropriate abbreviations, confusion of metric and other dosing units)
- Unavailable drug information (such as lack of current warnings)
Prescription errors are often particularly dangerous when they involve infants, children, or the elderly. Young children are much more vulnerable than adults to injuries because of dosage related prescription errors. Children also do not have immune systems as fully developed, and their degree of chemical tolerance is often not as advanced as many adults. Evaluating specific weight and age factors are of particular importance to ensure that prescription errors are avoided.
Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC advances all costs of suit in our prescription & medication error cases and will charge no attorney fees unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf.
Certain drugs that are believed to cause injury or death when administered to patients under some circumstances include:
- Diet Pills containing Fenfluramine, phentermine, Fen-Phen
- Tenuate Diethylproprion hydrochloride
When situations occur that allege improperly filled prescriptions, those that contradict a medication that the patient was already taking, or a pharmacist that gives an incorrect medication or dosage, then pharmacists and/or doctors would be the proper subject of such a lawsuit for damages. If a person dies due to a medication error, a wrongful death case may also be filed. Other times, when a medication causes serious illness or side effects when manufactured, the drug manufacturer may be the proper subject of a products liability lawsuit and be held accountable.
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