Medication Errors

What does Medication Errors mean?

A medication error is any mistake in the prescribing or delivery of medication to a patient. Research indicates over one million people each year are harmed in varying degrees by a medication error.

Medication errors occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong type of medication, the doctor writes the incorrect dosage of medication on the prescription, the medical professional administers the wrong type or wrong amount of medication, a piece of equipment malfunctions and administers too little or too much medication, or the doctor misdiagnoses a patient and prescribes the wrong medication.

If you have been seriously injured due to the negligence of a doctor who made a medication error, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim for your injuries. Consider, however, to file an injury claim you must have suffered loss and the loss must have been from the negligent actions of someone else. So if you have not been harmed by the error or you committed the negligent action (i.e. you took more than the prescribed amount of a given medication), you will not have cause to file an injury claim.

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