Medication Which Is Inappropriate For the Medical Condition
When a patient visits a physician and is prescribed medication, the patient generally assumes that the medication is a correct treatment for their ailment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In some cases, medical errors and medical negligence in Miami and across Florida ensure that patients get the wrong medication. This can lead to serious drug interactions, allergic reactions, and other dangerous situations for the patient.
If you have been given the wrong medication for your situation and have suffered serious injury as a result, you may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community. If your injury was caused by a physician’s negligence or recklessness, there's no reason why you will want to pay for additional medical costs, lost income, and other expenses out-of-pocket. Pursuing a legal claim can help you secure compensation that can help pay for these costs. To learn more about your rights, you can contact the Flaxman Law Group legal team for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. Why do Medication Errors in Miami and Florida Happen?
There are a number of reasons why you may have been given the wrong medication for your condition:
- illegible prescriptions
- pharmacy errors
- doctor distraction
- the physician fails to check which therapy is appropriate for your condition
In many cases, it comes down to poor communication and poor checks. Doctors are expected to carefully review all treatment options and then to select the right treatment option. If doctors are negligent in carefully considering the diagnosis, prognosis, and possible options available to patients, they may make an error and prescribe the wrong medication or medical treatment. In some cases, doctors may simply be distracted and may write down the wrong medication or prescription inadvertently. Some medications have very similar names and simple pharmacy errors or penmanship issues can cause the wrong medication to be dispensed.Complications due to Medication Errors and Pharmacy Errors
Getting the wrong medication can be fatal. In some cases, the wrong medication can interact with medication you are already taking and can cause a dangerous reaction. In other cases, medication that is incorrect for your treatment can make your condition worse or can fail to treat the condition you have, leading to further injury. The wrong medication can also have unexpected allergic reactions and other issues.
To protect yourself against pharmacy errors, you may wish to confirm prescriptions verbally with your doctor and to ask about alternative treatment options when getting a new prescription. You will also want to get to know your pharmacist and review all your medications for possible drug interactions or errors.
If you have been injured due to medical negligence in Miami or South Florida, you can contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free case evaluation. The Flaxman Law Group legal team have been advocating on behalf of medical malpractice and personal injury victims in Miami and South Florida for more than 25 years. Having already successfully resolved thousands of cases, the Flaxman Law Group legal team has the experience to assist clients.