Lincoln Prescription Drug Errors Lawyer
When a patient ingests the incorrect medication, the consequences can range from just a rash to a life-threatening incident. For example, common results of ingesting the wrong drugs include strokes, cardiac arrest, organ failure, and coma.
Injuries from prescription drug errors can lead to further complications, such as neurological disorders, brain damage, and death. If you believe your injury or illness was caused by a prescription drug error, it is time to consult our compassionate lawyers at Inkelaar Law. A Lincoln prescription drug errors lawyer knows that it is often difficult to determine whether injuries or illnesses were determined by medications and could help you pursue the evidence needed to prove negligence.
Types of Prescription Drug Error Claims
Prescription drug errors are a common form of medical malpractice and there are many different types of mistakes a physician, pharmacy, or pharmacist can make regarding prescriptions:
- Prescribing the wrong medication – the doctor has prescribed the wrong medicine to treat the ailment;
- Prescribing the wrong dosage – although the medication is correct, it can be toxic when taken in higher quantities;
- Disregarding patient drug allergies – this usually results in hives, rash, or fever, but in some severe cases seizures and other life-threatening complications can occur;
- Failure to consider interactions – a drug that is perfectly safe could interact poorly with other medications; and
- Mislabeling the medication bottle – mislabeling can happen in several ways, the label could be missing instructions or warnings or the label could list incorrect directions or dosage information.
Our Lincoln prescription drug errors lawyers at Inkelaar Law could help you if you were injured due to a prescription drug error to determine which type of drug error claim applies to your case.
Reducing Exposure to Errors in Lincoln
According to Harvard Medical School, one out of every 1,000 prescriptions is for the wrong dose or the wrong drug. Additionally, as a person ages, their risk of being harmed by medication errors goes up. This is because many older people are seeing several doctors at once and taking multiple medications. However, there are a few things we can do to lower the risk of being harmed by medication errors.
Speak up if a medication looks different than usual. Ask the prescribing doctor what the medication is for, what side effects to expect, and what the correct dosage should be. Make sure the information that the doctor provided is the same information on the prescription label.
Also, keep an updated list of all current medications to share with doctors and pharmacists. This list should include all supplements, herbal remedies, current prescriptions, and any over the counter medications. If you believe there was an error with your prescribed medication, call one of our knowledgeable lawyers.
Contacting a Lincoln Prescription Drug Errors Attorney
If you or someone you love was injured by a prescription drug or other medication error, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Prescription drug error cases are sometimes difficult to prove. The defendants may be hard to identify, the injury may be difficult to pinpoint to a drug, and expert testimony from a healthcare provider will be necessary to prove fault.
A Lincoln prescription drug errors lawyer at Inkelaar Law has the necessary legal and medical knowledge to assist with evidence, the legal elements of a case, and insurance company negotiations. To determine what compensation you could be entitled to, contact us today.