Atlanta Medication Error Lawyers
Medications are used to heal, but they also hold the potential to harm, especially if they are improperly administered by a health care professional who is not upholding his or her standard duty of care. Victims of medication error suffer health issues that range from minor side effects to major illnesses. That is why it is vital that physicians, pharmacists, and other medical professionals exercise great caution when prescribing and providing medication to patients. Any negligence that results in a medication error injury or illness can be met with a lawsuit.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to medication error, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable party. However, in order to collect on a full and fair settlement offer, you must first establish the validity of your claim and damages with supporting evidence. At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our reliable Georgia medical error attorneys have the knowledge and the resources to help you gain a strong position in your case. To learn more about your rights and legal options, call us toll-free at (866) 249-5513.
What are the Statistics on Medication Error?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approximately 1.5 million people are affected by medication errors every year. These errors can take place at any stage of the medication process, from administration of a medication to monitoring of the effects of a drug on the patient. A significant amount of medication error incidents involve fatalities. A study by the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health states that each year 7,000 deaths can be attributed to medication errors.
What are the Common Causes of Medication Errors?
From manufacturing to administration, the medication process involves many steps, and there are just as many ways for an error to be made, which is why medication errors are relatively prevalent. Some of the more common ways in which a medication error may occur include the following:
- Pharmacy errors that occur due to illegibility of handwriting on prescriptions.
- Inadequate or missing information about a patient's medication history, including allergies, past responses to dosages, and other important considerations.
- Wrong prescription due to confusion that results from drugs with similar-sounding names when the prescription is said in person to a patient of hard hearing or through a telephone, rather than written down.
Incorrect dosage is also a common error that often leads to dire results. Serious complications can arise when a patient has overdosed due to a simple but significant mistake in measurement. Underdosing can also be dangerous since a patient may believe that they are doing all they can to treat their ailment when, in fact, they may be letting their condition get worse due to inadequate dosage.
Finally, physicians and other medical professionals must make sure that they closely monitor the reactions of their patients after they have been administered their medication. Some may experience adverse side effects or serious allergies, and it is up to the caring medical professional to act in case something goes wrong.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney for My Georgia Medication Error Claim Case?
At the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers understand the many physical, emotional, and financial hurdles you and your family must tackle after a medication error has caused serious injury or illness. We are committed to helping our clients hold negligent parties liable for their oversight or wrongdoing. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you obtain compensation for your losses and damages.