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Morristown Lawyers Discuss Prescription Drug & Medication Malpractice
Prescription drug and medication errors are a common form of medical malpractice. Administering the wrong amount of medication to a patient or the wrong type of medication is an all too common mistake in hospitals and care facilities. Attention to detail is critical, by missing or moving a decimal point, the patient could be given ten or a hundred times too little or too much medication. Such a mistake can lead to serious health complications and injury.
The Morristown law offices of Smith & Doran have extensive experience helping clients harmed by incorrectly administered medications, over-doses and under-doses of medications, and incorrectly prescribed prescription drugs. We understand the stakes involved with your injury, and we are ready to provide personal and effective legal representation. We know how to fight for your future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication. The lawyer you hire is the lawyer you get, every step of the way.
What Is Prescription Drug & Medication Malpractice?
Prescription drug and medication mistakes are often the result of medical negligence by health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. Types of prescription drug malpractice include:
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication
- Prescribing or administering the wrong dosage—too little or too much—of a medication
- Failing to take a history of a patient’s prescription drug use
- Failing to account for a patient’s known drug allergies
- Prescribing or administering a medication that interacts negatively with other medications a patient is taking
- Mislabeling a medication
- Failing to warn a patient of side effects associated with a medication
With any prescription error, resulting injuries and/or setbacks to the patient can be severe. People have suffered from organ damage, severe illness, and even death as the result of medication mistakes. The Food and Drug Administration reports that medication errors result in an estimated 7,000 deaths per year in the United States, as well as hundreds of thousands of injuries.
Why Do Prescription Errors Occur?
Prescription drug and medication errors occur with alarming frequency in New Jersey and throughout the country. One reason is that it’s difficult for pharmacists to meet prescription filling demands. (You’ve seen—or been in—the long line at many pharmacies.) Also, physicians frequently swap generic and name brand prescriptions, causing confusion when drugs have multiple names. Some errors could be avoided by simply double-checking dosages and/or directions.
Regardless of the reasons, prescription errors should not occur as often as they do. In fact, national studies have found that over 85% of all prescription drug errors could be avoided entirely if medical and pharmacy staff members had paid attention to proper procedures and precautions.
Contact a Morristown Prescription Drug & Medication Error Lawyer Today
Founding partner Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.
Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.
Mistakes regarding your prescribed medication should not go overlooked. If you have suffered harm as the result of a prescription error, Smith & Doran is ready to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-261-6254 today to schedule a cost-free consultation. Our medical malpractice lawyers have the skill and experience necessary to handle your case.