The medicines that are prescribed for illness and health conditions are so important that it is a little frightening that so many mistakes are made and the potential for mistakes is extremely high. Even a seemingly minor medicine error can result in the most catastrophic and serious personal injuries. If you or somebody you love was injured or died as a result of negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or even hospital, it is imperative you speak with a Washington DC medication error attorney as soon as possible.
There are tens of thousands of medications on the U.S. market today. Drug companies market them under names they think will be attractive to consumers and doctors. But many names are similar. Depending on doctors’ handwriting, pharmacists fill prescriptions with the wrong medication every day. According to the Institute of Medicine, an estimated 1.5 million Americans are killed, injured, or made ill due to errors in prescribing or dispensing medication, making them some of the most frequently committed medical errors. If you or a loved one have been impacted by a medication error, it is important to discuss your matter with an experienced Medical Malpractice attorney. For over 30 years, Trombly & Singer, PLLC has provided quality legal support to clients injured by negligence. For a consultation, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a consultation.
Common Medication Errors in Washington, DC
While the most common medication and prescription errors are committed by doctors and nurses administering medication, pharmacy errors also contribute to a large number of these medical mistakes. Not all medication errors are easy to identify. Trombly & Singer, PLLC handles complex malpractice cases involving a wide range of medication errors, such as:
- Failing to administer medication at all
- Administering the wrong dosage of medication
- Administering the wrong medicine to the wrong patient
- Handwriting errors on prescription slips
- Filling the wrong prescription medication
- Filling the wrong dosage of prescription medication
- Mislabeling medication with the wrong instructions
- Failing to provide a clear warning label on the packaging
- Failing to provide proper instructions for usage
If you have experienced any of the aforementioned scenarios and believe a medical mistake was made by your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, it is important you seek legal counsel. You may be entitled to compensation and a seasoned professional will be able to discuss the specifics of your case, including the legal options available to you.
Profits Over Safety
The less familiar a doctor or nurse is with a particular patient and his or her condition, the more likely a mistake will be made. When hospitals and clinics push them to see more patients, to increase profits, the danger increases. Due to the errors of pharmacists, doctors, and nurses, thousands of people die every year due to medication errors. Many medications are extremely powerful and can cause coma, cardiac arrest, accidental overdose, and countless side effects and even death if mistakes are made.
Overdosing and underdosing are common mistakes. Drugs frequently involved in medication errors include cancer medicine, cardiac drugs, antibiotics, and blood-thinners.
Consult Local DC Medication Error Lawyers
At Trombly & Singer, PLLC, our attorneys know the importance of getting to know each client and their specific case. We are a small law firm that has chosen to focus on providing clients with professional service with a personal and human touch. Each of the attorneys at our firm has more than 30 years experience. Contact us for a free legal consultation with a qualified Washington DC medication error attorney. We handle a wide range of personal injury and wrongful death cases caused by medication mistakes.