According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, approximately 1.5 million people are affected by medication errors each year in the U.S., at a cost of around $3.5 billion. This makes medication errors one of the most common types of medical error, and one of the most costly.
Medication errors can be defined as any preventable events leading to the misuse of medication. While a number of factors can cause medication errors, they are most commonly the result of poor communication, either between healthcare providers or between providers and patients. They can happen in the hospital, at your doctor’s office, at the pharmacy and even at home.
Fortunately, no one is helpless to prevent medication errors. There are a number of ways you can avoid injury or death from accidental misuse of medication.
If you believe you or someone you know may have been the victim of a medication error, and if you believe the error resulted in serious injury or even death, you should contact an experienced North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer with the Lanier Law Group as soon as possible.
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