How Medication & Pharmaceutical Mistakes Occur

Medical malpractice drug injuries can occur when a doctor or medical professional prescribes the wrong type of medication, an amount of medication that exceeds dosage recommendations, or a mixture of prescriptions that do not function properly when taken together. In addition to unintended prescription and medication errors, there have been numerous news reports of doctors writing bad prescriptions to make extra money. This dishonest and—possibly illegal—activity can also have deadly consequences, as patients can die after following their doctor’s medication instructions.

Doctors may not be fully versed on their patient’s pharmaceuticals if the patient is seeing multiple doctors and/or the patient does not remember to tell the doctor about their other prescription medications. As a result, prescription errors can occur very easily. It is important that doctors and medical personnel are giving the best possible care to their patients, and this involves asking the patient about all other medications and researching drug mixtures, side effects, and more.

If you were harmed or your loved one was killed due to a medication error, contact the Indianapolis medication error attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation.

Compensation for Victims of Medication Mistakes

When a person is prescribed the wrong medication, given the wrong dose, or provided with a dangerous combination of pharmaceutical drugs, the consequences can be severe and life-threatening. Victims may suffer injuries or illnesses that require further medical treatment or even hospitalization. Often, they must miss work in order to receive additional care. Depending on the nature and extent of their injuries/illness, a victim may be unable to return to work temporarily or permanently.

If you are the victim of a medication mistake, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical expenses from additional required treatment
  • The cost of additional medication required to treat new injuries/illnesses
  • Emergency room/ambulance expenses
  • Lost income, including both past and future lost income
  • Reduced or lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering, as well as emotional distress
  • Decreased life quality

Additionally, if your loved one died as a result of a pharmaceutical or medication error, you may be able to pursue compensation for:

  • Medical costs incurred prior to death
  • Funeral/burial expenses
  • Loss of love/loss of companionship
  • Loss of expected income or inheritance

Medication mistakes should never occur. Sadly, many people are harmed as a result of medical negligence and malpractice every year—in fact, it is a leading cause of death in the United States. If you or your loved one suffered serious complications due to the negligence of a trusted medical provider, contact our Indianapolis medication error lawyers right away.

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