Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year as reported from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
The Food and Drug Administration conducted a study of fatal medication errors from 1993 to 1998 and found that the most common error involving medication was related to the administration of an improper dose. This error accounted for 41% of all fatal medication errors. Almost half of the fatalities related to medication errors occurred in people over the age of 60.
Older people are at the greatest risk for medication errors because they often take multiple prescription medications.
Negligence and Medication Error Lawsuits
Medication errors often occur as the result of poor oral or written communication, system errors, carelessness or ineffective controls. These mistakes can result in serious harm to the patient and may put them at risk for an overdose or adverse reaction to the unintended medication.
Individuals who suffer any injuries because of medication errors may have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, but not every case of a medical mistake is cause for legal action. The plaintiff must prove negligence and that the mistake caused them harm. This will provide the foundation necessary for a valid medical malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one has been affected by medical malpractice involving an error in the prescribing of medication, we encourage you to call David B. Dowling, Esquire to schedule a free consultation and analysis of your case.
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