Louisville, KY Lawyer for Prescription Medication Errors
Prescription medication errors can be deadly mistakes. From prescribing the wrong medication to overdosing a patient in the hospital, prescription medication errors account for an estimated 7,000 deaths every year. This makes medication errors the single most prevalent cause of inpatient fatalities. Experts have calculated that there is at least one medication error per hospital patient every single day.
Of course, medication errors don’t just happen in hospitals. Doctors and nurses in private medical practices make mistakes as well, as do pharmacists who fill medications for patients. Medication errors are also a widespread issue in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities throughout Kentucky.
At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we provide experienced, aggressive legal representation for victims of prescription medication errors. If you, your child, or your elderly loved one has suffered as a result of a medication error, we want to help you fight for just compensation. These errors can lead to a lifetime of expenses, loss, and pain and suffering, and protecting yourself starts with standing up for your legal rights.
Common Types of Prescription Medication Errors
Prescription medication errors can have a number of different causes, ranging from poor handwriting and record-keeping issues to errors during administration. Regardless of what happened, if you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a mistake involving a prescription, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. This includes mistakes such as:
- Prescribing the Wrong Medication – Whether due to misdiagnosis, mixing up patients, or lack of medical knowledge, doctors prescribe improper medications with alarming frequency. Another common error involves prescribing the correct medication but in the wrong dosage.
- Prescribing Drugs that Cause Negative Interactions – Doctors must take care to ensure that the drugs they prescribe will not have negative interactions with any of the patient’s other medications.
- Failing to Consider the Patient’s Allergies or Medical History – Doctors must also take care not to prescribe drugs containing ingredients to which their patients are allergic. Likewise, if you have a history of negative reactions to a particular medication, your doctor needs to consider whether or not prescribing the medication is appropriate under the present circumstances.
- Filling the Wrong Prescription and Mislabeling Prescriptions – When pharmacists mix up pill bottles or misread prescription slips, patients may end up receiving the wrong medications. This can be a dangerous mistake as it can lead to both failure to treat the patient’s condition and consumption of medications that are not medically necessary.
- Failing to Follow Prescription Warnings and Instructions – Many medications need to be taken with meals or fluids. Some pills need to be split or crushed, while others need to be taken whole. Some liquid medications need to be mixed or shaken in order to be effective. When doctors or nurses administer medications to their patients, they must follow the drugs’ warning labels and instructions in order to avoid creating a risk of harm.
- Overdose or Underdose – Doctors and nurses administering medications must also use extreme caution not to overdose or underdose their patients. Both of these errors can lead to dangerous, and often fatal, consequences.
- Failure to Administer – In hospitals and nursing homes where patients are often totally reliant on their caretakers to provide their medications, failure to administer prescriptions is a major problem. If you did not receive a medication you needed to manage your pain or treat your condition, you may have a claim for medical malpractice.
Seeking Help After a Prescription Medication Error
Following a prescription medication error, it is important that you seek help right away. At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, once we determine that you may have a claim, we will take immediate action to start building your case for maximum compensation. This will include having you or your loved one examined by a trusted medical expert who can provide a comprehensive diagnosis and help determine the extent of the damage caused by your doctor’s, nurse’s, or pharmacist’s mistake.
Once we figure out what happened, we will undertake aggressive legal action to enforce your legal rights. While many malpractice cases settle, we will be fully prepared to take your case to court. With your health and your family’s financial future on the line, you need a knowledgeable, committed advocate who is willing to fight for the compensation you deserve. This is what you get with Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC.
Schedule a *Free Consultation at Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC Today
To find out if you may be entitled to financial compensation, we encourage you to contact us for a *free, no-obligation consultation. With offices in Louisville, we serve clients throughout Kentucky. Call (800) 991-0474 or contact us online to get started today.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Among many settlements, Gladstein Law Firm has recovered: $1.8 Million settlement for medical malpractice case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy (Christian Circuit Court); $1.75 Million medical malpractice case involving negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer (Jefferson Circuit Court); $550,000 settlement for failure to diagnose prostate cancer (pre-litigation settlement); $500,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat an impending stroke after brain surgery (Jefferson Circuit Court); and $195,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a potentially life-threatening heart condition (Macon Co., N.C.; served as co-counsel) Click here to see some of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC’s successes. Client pays costs only upon recovery.