Types of Medication Errors

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 5:30am PST

A medication error is one of the most serious forms of medical malpractice a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or hospital can commit. When a patient is given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a medication, it can lead to serious injury, debilitating health complications, and even death.

Common types of medication errors include:

  • Administering the wrong dosage
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage
  • Prescribing the wrong medication all together
  • Prescribing medication that cannot safely be mixed with other medications the patient is currently taking
  • Failing to check a patient's medical history to determine whether or not the patient can safely consume the drug
  • Dispensing the wrong medication
  • Including the wrong dosage instructions on the prescription bottle

Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Serving North Carolina

Following a serious or deadly medication error, it's best to speak with a knowledgeable North Carolina medical malpractice attorney about your legal rights and options. If you can somehow establish that the doctor, nurse, pharmacist or healthcare professional who prescribed, dispensed or administered the drug was negligent and thus liable for the error, you stand to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and decreased enjoyment of life.

Although the outcome of a case can never be guaranteed, you will undoubtedly have a much better chance of winning your case with help from an experienced attorney. If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer at our firm, please contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. today at 855.234.7619 or click here to fill out a free case evaluation!

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