How Medication Errors Happen and Strategies to Avoid Them
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on November 13, 2017 in Medical Negligence
In the latest edition of the PKSD newsletter, You Should Know, our trusted attorneys explain how there has been a rise in medication errors as more Americans take prescription drugs.
According to estimates from the Institute of Medicine, approximately 1.5 million people are injured each year because of a medication error.
Our newsletter explains some of the common types of medication errors and details some of the steps you can take to help prevent suffering a personal injury from these mistakes. If an error occurs, contact a medical malpractice attorney at our firm to see if you have legal options.
Common Medication Errors
A medication error is some sort of mistake made when a drug is prescribed, dispensed or taken by the patient. Some of the common types of mistakes with medications include:
- Incorrect dosage – This is an error where the patient is given the incorrect dosage of the medication. These errors can be made by the patient or his or her health care provider.
- Incorrect medication – This occurs when a patient is given the wrong medication. This is often the result of poor record keeping by the medical facility or health care provider.
- Wrong administration – This occurs when the patient does not follow the instructions for taking the medication. For example, maybe the medication is supposed to be taken with food and the patient takes it without eating anything.
What You Can Do to Help Prevent Medication Errors
Medication errors are often caused by the negligence of someone other than the patient. These mistakes can be hard to prevent, but there are steps you can take that could reduce your risk of suffering a medication error.
For example, you should always double check the medication you are taking. For instance, make sure you know the name of the drug you are taking and the dosage. When you pick up the prescription at your pharmacy, read the label and make sure it is what your doctor prescribed.
You should also follow all the instructions for taking the medication. Do not chew pills that are meant to be swallowed whole. You should also not exceed the dosage instructions listed on the packaging.
If you take many medications on a regular basis, you should use a pillbox to organize them to be sure you take them on the right day.
Contact a Milwaukee Medical Malpractice Lawyer Right Now
If you were the victim of a medication error that you think was caused by a medical professional’s negligence, contact us right now for a free consultation.
Our Milwaukee medical malpractice lawyers may be able to obtain compensation for the damages you suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Your consultation is 100 percent free and you will not be charged legal fees unless we obtain the compensation you deserve.