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Prescribed Wrong Medication

When you take medicine that was prescribed by your doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist, you expect that you are receiving the correct type and dosage of that medication. Unfortunately, prescription errors happen more often than you may think, and the consequences can be devastating for victims—so severe, in fact, that they may be worse than the original ailment the drug was intended to treat.

Patients who have been given the wrong medication and have suffered harm as a result of medical negligence should be compensated for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages they have endured. Pursuing legal action can help victims recover from these financial losses.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a prescription error, the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham can help. You don’t have to go through this alone. Let the legal team at WKW help you navigate the medication error lawsuit process.

Types of Medication Errors

There are many different types of prescription medication errors, any of which could cause harm to a patient.

Prescription or Administration Mistakes

Prescription or administration mistakes can take several forms:

  • The wrong medication was prescribed or administered
  • The wrong dosage of medication (too much or too little) was prescribed or administered
  • The medication was prescribed for the wrong amount of time
  • The medication was administered incorrectly

These errors can occur at any stage of the medication process, and many different parties may be at fault.

Mislabeled Medication

Medicine can be mislabeled at the pharmacy or before it even leaves the manufacturer. If a drug is mislabeled, a patient could receive the wrong medication or wrong dosage. Whatever party was responsible for negligently mislabeling the medication could also be held responsible for any harm suffered by the patient.

Harmful Drug Interactions

Some patients are allergic to certain drugs or ingredients. Other patients are taking additional medication that may interact negatively with the newly prescribed drug. In both cases, a harmful drug interaction could occur. The doctor or pharmacist responsible for keeping track of allergies and medications patients are taking may be at fault for harmful drug interactions.

Failure to Inform a Patient

Medical providers have a responsibility to inform patients of any risks or side effects associated with prescribed medications. Patients need this information in order to make informed decisions about their healthcare. A failure to relay medication warnings might be considered malpractice.

Additionally, doctors and pharmacists need to make sure patients understand when and how to take their medication. Some drugs, for example, cannot be taken with certain foods. Healthcare professionals who provide patients with incorrect instructions may have acted negligently.

Wrong Medication Cases

Medication errors can have serious consequences for patients. Depending on the type of prescription error, these mistakes can cause new health problems, make existing health conditions worse, require expensive treatments, or even result in death. What’s worse is that patients often don’t realize they are taking the wrong medication until they experience adverse side effects, making it difficult to correct the error in a timely manner.

Victims of prescription medication errors may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered. If you were prescribed the wrong medication, given the wrong dosage of medication, or experienced another type of prescription drug error, find an attorney to help you build a strong lawsuit.

Who Is Responsible for Medication Errors

Anyone who took part in packaging, prescribing, or administering a drug—doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, manufacturers, and more—could be responsible for a medication error. Liability could be shared among more than one party, too.

An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can investigate your case and find which person or entity was responsible for your medication error.

How to Prove Medical Malpractice

Like any other medical malpractice case, you need to show these four elements of medical malpractice:

  • There was an established doctor-patient relationship
  • The medical provider deviated from the standard of care
  • You were harmed
  • Your harm was a direct result of the breach of care

Your medication error attorney will help you establish that a medical provider acted negligently and, as a result, caused your injuries.

Compensation for Wrong Medication

In a medication error lawsuit, you may be able to pursue to several types of compensation:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lower quality of life

Not all prescription errors cause applicable damages, so speak with a prescription error lawyer about your options.

What to Do If You Were Prescribed the Wrong Medication

Do you think your doctor prescribed the wrong medication? If you are having an adverse reaction, seek emergency treatment. Otherwise, if you have any reason to suspect a medication error, contact your pharmacist and physician immediately and follow their instructions.

As the victim of a prescription drug error, you deserve to be compensated for the harm you have suffered, but how do you know if you have a case? Only a qualified medical malpractice attorney can determine whether your medication error was caused by negligence, so it’s in your best interests to find a lawyer experienced in medication errors to be your advocate.

Contact a Medication Error Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been harmed because of a prescription medication error, contact the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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