When the Medication Intended to Help You Harms You

medication errors

Everyone has heard drug commercials that sound fantastic until the fine print about the side effects is listed at the end. With many drugs, the most serious side effects can be as serious as the condition the drugs are supposed to heal. While that can be unnerving to consider when you are taking the correct prescription, imagine the side effects that can result from taking an incorrect medication or even the correct medication but at the wrong dosage.

Medication errors are one of the leading causes of injury and death among patients. Additionally, prescription medication errors are a leading mistake made in hospitals.

Types of Prescription Medication Errors

There are a number of ways prescription medications errors happen. In addition to withholding prescription medications, errors are usually divided into six categories:

  1. Dangerous prescription medication interactions
  2. Prescribing incorrect medications
  3. Overprescribing unnecessary medications
  4. Under-prescribing necessary medications
  5. Administering the incorrect dosage of a medication
  6. Prescription medication mix-ups either in type or in dosage

Medication errors can happen in numerous places, from the doctor prescribing the drug to the pharmacist who is responsible for filling the orders. If you suffered serious injuries because of a medication error, or if you think there is overwhelming liability on the negligent party, an experienced San Antonio medication errors lawyer can help you hold that party accountable.

At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we have over 25 years of experience handling medical malpractice matters. Prior to becoming a plaintiff's attorney, Glenn Cunningham defended doctors in medical malpractice cases. He has an insider's understanding of how medical professionals build their cases, and he uses that knowledge and understanding to benefit his clients.

Contact an Experienced Texas Prescription Error Lawyer

When there are prescription errors, there are usually three main things that can cause problems:

  • Drug interactions
  • Untreated medical conditions
  • Unexpected side effects

All medicine is a risk-benefit analysis. Whenever you start a new prescription, you hope the benefits outweigh the risks. However, if a doctor or pharmacist acted negligently, there may be an unexpected factor in your risk-benefit analysis. When you contact our law firm, we can help you hold the negligent parties accountable and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call 210-787-3312 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced attorney.