Medications prescribed to patients can run the gamut from simply relieving minor pain (for example, taking an aspirin) to life-saving uses, such as insulin for those with diabetes.
The key to ensuring medicine is safe is always taking the correct dose. However, what if you’re administered or prescribed the wrong dose of medicine? In this article, we’ll cover:
- What a dosage error is.
- How dosage errors can happen.
- What kind of issues can be caused by dosage errors.
There are several different types of medical malpractice, including medication dosage errors. If you’ve been the victim of a dosage error, consider consulting a medical malpractice lawyer.
What is a medication dosage error?
A medication dosage error happens when a patient uses a medication that has some adverse effects. Here are some examples of dosage errors:
- A patient takes prescription pain medication but then decides to take another over-the-counter medication, and both medications contain acetaminophen. Due to the overall amount of acetaminophen the patient has now taken, they’ve put themselves at risk of liver damage.
- A patient is taking more than one medication, and these two medications do not interact well with each other. This is why it’s always important to tell your doctor or any other medical professional exactly what medication you’re on.
- A patient takes the wrong dose of a medication. This can happen because the patient takes more medication than they should have at one time, the doctor prescribed too high a dose, or the pharmacist provided the wrong dose when they filled the patient’s prescription.
A medication dosage error can have severe consequences to your health. A medical malpractice lawsuit can get you compensation to provide you with the resources you need to deal with those consequences.
Why do dosage errors happen?
There are a variety of reasons that dosage errors can happen. These are some of the most common ones:
- There is poor communication between your doctors. For example, if you’re seeing a general practitioner and a specialist, and they don’t communicate with each other about the medications they’re prescribing you.
- There is poor communication between you and your doctor. For example, you don’t tell each doctor you see about all the medications you’re on.
- A mistake with filling the prescription. For example, a pharmacist may misread the prescription and prescribe you the wrong medicine.
If you take a lot of medications, be sure to always have an up-to-date list on you. If you start a new medication, ask the pharmacist to confirm its name and why it’s being prescribed. You could be seriously injured taking medicine for a medical issue you don’t have.
What kind of issues are caused by dosage errors?
The effects of a dosage error can be quite severe. They are as follows:
- Death. If a patient is given the wrong dose of a medication, it can kill them.
- Life-threatening situation. The patient can be in severe jeopardy due to a dosage error.
- Hospitalization. The patient may need to be hospitalized due to a dosage error.
- Disability. A patient may be temporarily or permanently disabled due to a dosage error.
- Congenital disability. If an expectant mother is given the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medication, their fetus may be harmed and born with a congenital disability.
Any of these effects can have a massive impact on you or your family. This is why it’s very important to consider a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one have been the victim of a dosage error.
How can Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help me if I want to file a medical malpractice suit?
There are all kinds of reasons someone might want to file a medical malpractice suit—from errors made during surgery to suffering the consequences of a dosage error. If you’ve been injured due to negligence on the part of any kind of medical practitioner, you may be considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you want to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, then we strongly urge you to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer. It can be extremely complicated to navigate the legal system for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and you have a much higher chance of winning your case if you have an experienced lawyer by your side.
By hiring a medical malpractice lawyer from Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, you’re taking the pressure off yourself and your family to fight a lawsuit, all while trying to get on with your lives. You can put your focus on where it should be—your health—and let our experienced medical malpractice lawyers do the hard work.
We have experience with a wide variety of medical malpractice cases, including:
- Misdiagnosis or the failure to properly diagnose or treat a medical condition.
- Obstetric malpractice and pediatric malpractice.
- Prenatal testing errors.
- Prescription errors, including dosage errors.
- Hospital and nursing errors.
We can help you obtain financial assistance and security for your family.
Medication Dosage Errors Can Have Serious Consequences
In this article, we’ve covered the following topics:
- That, a medication dosage error can happen when two medications do not interact well with each other, or a patient accidentally takes too strong a dose of medication.
- The reasons dosage errors happen. Dosage errors can happen for a variety of issues, including an error when the pharmacist fills the prescription or the patient not telling each of their doctors all the medications they are on.
- The effects of dosage errors, including a patient requiring hospitalization or who ends up with a life-long disability.
We can help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit if you’ve been the victim of a dosage error. We’ll explain to you what’s involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit, how we can help you, and what our next steps will be if you decide to proceed with your medical malpractice lawsuit.
Contact Us to Learn More About Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
To get a free consultation about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, call Sommers Roth & Elmaleh at 416-961-1212 or contact us online.
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