Every year, millions of Americans are effected by mistakes and errors committed by the medical professionals that control their treatment and injuries. Medical malpractice plagues all areas of the field, but one extremely troubling one is the area of prescription medicine.
We have read about errors in the manufacturing and design of dangerous drugs, but even perfectly designed drugs can be extremely harmful if given in the wrong context. That is why medical professionals have a systematic and meticulous process of diagnosing a patient's condition and prescribing the right medication according to the treatment they need. In this way, prescription medication is critical to the health of the patient and can have a direct impact on their recovery altogether.
Just as there is a process in the design and manufacturing of drugs, there is also a process in prescribing medication to a patient. The process begins with the administration department's record of the patient's medical history. These records have a log of any allergies or reactions the patient has had to certain drugs in the past in order to protect them from the same injuries a second time. This history is available to the doctor, who diagnoses the patient's symptoms and prescribes the medication accordingly. The prescription order is then sent to the pharmacy where a pharmacist prepares it for the patient to pick up. With three main steps in the process of prescribing medication, there are three points at which an error can occur. Common medication errors include:
Just as in any other area of the medical field, the people working in the prescription medicine are expected to exercise a certain degree of care when handling the lives and health of their patients. Prescribing the wrong medication to a patient or giving them the wrong amount of the right medication can lead to permanent injuries and sometimes even death. As if the physical impact of medication errors is not reason enough, doctors, nurses and pharmacists can cost patients and hospitals millions of dollars in extra treatment costs when prescription errors occur. Medication errors are widespread, harmful and costly and must be avoided as much as possible.
It is unfortunate fact to remember that as long as humans are treating other humans, errors can occur. However, this does not mean that those who are harmed by the elements of human error in an area as important as medical treatment do not have any means of recourse. In order to repay the victims of medication errors and to encourage cautious and careful prescription medicine, the law provides people with the right to file a claim for compensation in the event that they are injured by a medical professional's negligence.
If you or someone you know was given the wrong medication or was injured because of the wrong amount of medication, contact a Santa Clarita medical malpractice attorney at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today and learn how we can help you file a claim for compensation. While money cannot erase the pain and trauma of an error-related injury, it is intended to alleviate the financial burden of injuries and assist you in your recovery. We believe that victims of professional negligence such as medical malpractice deserve every possible repayment in order to make up for the wrong done against them. Our Santa Clarita personal injury lawyers work aggressively to fight for the rights, interests and well-being of the clients who come to us after being hurt by a medication error and we want to do the same for you. Call today!