If you visit the doctor for an illness or injury, you’re likely to be unimpressed by the harried medical professionals and crowded office environment. Good luck if you don’t have an appointment! Unfortunately, this familiar scenario is the perfect environment for medication errors to prosper.
Overworked and stressed medical staffers are often unable to devote the necessary time and attention each patient deserves. Prescribing medications is a particularly delicate business, and it’s easy for exhausted and overwhelmed medical professionals to make mistakes.
Nevertheless, this is the one field where mistakes are detrimental to the patients and can easily cost lives. If you’re the victim of a medication error, it’s important that you seek legal guidance from a medical malpractice lawyer.
Common medication errors:
- Doctors prescribing the wrong medication
- Pharmacists reading the prescription wrong
- Pharmacists making a mistake in the formula process
- Doctors recommending the wrong dosage
Causes of Medication Errors
Your treatment process starts when your doctor chooses a medication to prescribe. Like any administrative process, medication errors start with the slightest mistake and then snowball to disaster. From the moment your prescription is written, there are many opportunities for a medical error to impact your health.
Medication errors are typically caused by:
- Incomplete patient information
- Improper labeling and classification
Seek Legal Guidance
You depend on your doctor to protect your health and deliver quality care. It’s easy to feel helpless and hopeless when you receive substandard care because your doctor is distracted or exhausted.
Contact Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. if you are the victim of medical malpractice. Our attorney is an experienced physician with over 20 years of medical experience. We can evaluate your malpractice case and discuss your legal options.
Contact Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. at (303) 732-5048 to schedule your free consultation.