Medication Errors Are Surprisingly Common
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are approximately 1.25 million prescription medication errors each year in the United States. Such events lead to 100,000 hospitalizations and roughly 7,000 deaths annually.
Victims often don’t know where to turn for help. Some have lost their faith in the medical industry, and are uncertain about how to obtain proper care. Others want to hold the responsible party to account, but fear going up against doctors, hospitals and the insurance companies that represent them.
The lawyers at Kyle Law Firm are uniquely prepared to assist. We have more than 60 years of combined experience taking on medical malpractice suits and related matters. Based in New Braunfels, and serving throughout the region, we know how to investigate a claim, identify where the fault lies, and pursue justice and restitution through the legal system.
The Causes Of Prescription Errors
Not all medication errors constitute malpractice. In many — if not most — cases, health care professionals are following appropriate protocol, and adverse effects cannot be attributed to negligence. Often enough, however, the mistakes made should have been prevented, and legal remedies are available to victims.
The causes of prescription errors are various, and can occur at almost any point in the timeline of care. The FDA lists the following among the most common factors:
- Improper prescribing
- Unclear or misleading packaging or repacking
- Mistakes during distribution at pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals or similar outlets
- Inadequate drug administration and monitoring
- Poor communication with pharmacists
- Poor communication with patients
- Ambiguities in product names, directions for use or handwriting
Patients have a reasonable expectation to receive adequate, attentive care when they visit health care professionals. When instead they are treated with recklessness or negligence, in such a way that their health is jeopardized, it may be appropriate to pursue legal options.
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