Prescription Drug Error Attorneys in Seattle

Injuries from Prescription Drug Errors

As patients, the goal of taking medications is to heal. The consequences of medication errors can range from not so serious to life changing and tragic. Errors that happen with prescription medication are avoidable, and tragic consequences that arise from these mistakes are preventable. But, negligence by a physician, pharmacist, nurse, or any other medical professional can be devastating, or even lethal.

The experienced Seattle medical malpractice attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. understand the trauma these preventable mistakes can cause for victims and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects as the result of prescription drug errors, please contact us for more information about your legal rights and options.

We can be reached at (888) 228-3860.

What Are Common Mistakes with Prescription Drugs?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a medication error as any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer. Medication errors can happen in prescribing, product labeling or packaging, dispensing or distribution.

Some of the most common errors involving prescription drugs include:

  • Administering the wrong medication: Prescribing the wrong medication can have devastating consequences. Not only does the patient receive dangerous drugs, but during that time, they aren't receiving the medication necessary for their healing and recovery. Doctors are liable when they prescribe or administer the wrong drug.
  • Administering the drug incorrectly: There are many ways to administer a drug. Patients must be told the correct way to take their prescribed drugs. Some drugs don't work correctly when they're given to the wrong body part.
  • Allergies: The prescribing doctor and the pharmacist are both responsible for keeping track of the patient's allergies. Patients may be severely allergic to certain drugs and administering them could prove lethal.
  • Wrong dosage: Providing too much of a drug can have devastating effects on the body. When patients receive too little a dosage, it may fail to have the desired effect. This can prevent the patient from recovering.
  • Mislabeling: Some medications are mislabeled by the manufacturer, while others are given inaccurate labels at the pharmacy. In either case, the patient may receive the wrong dosage or misleading instructions.
  • Failure to warn: All drugs come with some risk of side effects. Doctors must inform patients about common side effects and educate them about what precautions should be taken while on the medication.
  • Drug interactions: Some drugs do not interact well with other medications. Doctors and pharmacists must keep track of the prescription drugs that patients are taking to ensure that certain combinations are avoided.
  • Pharmacy Error: Sometimes our medications are actually filled by a pharmacy tech with little or no oversight and a large volume of daily work load. This could be a prescription for disaster when mistakes are made.

Protecting Prescription Drug Error Victims' Rights in Washington

If the medical professional's negligence is responsible for a patient's injury, the physician, pharmacist, or hospital that committed the error can be held financially liable. Patients who suffer long-lasting physical injuries may also be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish.

For more information about how our Seattle prescription drug error attorneys may be able to help you, please call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.

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