Medication Errors

Prescription or dosage errors by doctors, pharmacists or anesthesiologists who are negligent in meeting the appropriate standard of care can mean taking wrong, conflicting or too much medication, resulting in serious complications, overdose and sometimes death. More than 1 million incidents of drug error occur every year, adding billions of dollars to healthcare costs and untold misery to the affected individuals and families. One review of many studies shows that medication error represented the second most common type of malpractice claim, accounting for 20 percent of all such claims.

In the field of cardiology, an estimated 6 percent of malpractice claims involve improper medication management. Of special concern, notes a review of 429 claims between 2007 and 2013 by a physician-owned insurer, are anticoagulants – which are necessary – and the antiarrhythmic drug amiodarone, which can have side effects like pulmonary fibrosis that may take years to develop.

When injuries arising from medication errors happen, WMK lawyers are available to assist. Our extensive medical malpractice capability and in-depth understanding of how medications are formulated and used will help to prepare a convincing case for courts and juries. This includes WMK’s ability to identify causes related to poor training, communication errors, incorrect prescriptions or dosages, and failure to anticipate allergic reactions. If you believe a medication error has injured you or a loved one, please contact us.


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