Prescription Medicine Mistakes Put Your Life At Risk
Our attorneys routinely deal with clients whose quality of life is significantly affected because of a medication error made by a hospital, doctor or pharmacist. Medication errors are surprisingly common. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that more than 2 million individuals are affected by medication errors every year. If you or a loved one suffered a physical or mental injury caused by a prescription drug error, you might be eligible for compensation from the responsible party.
The Park Woody Vaughan, P.C., attorneys candidly evaluate the strength of your case and aggressively pursue your malpractice claim. Our legal team has more than 70 years of combined experience and extensive resources to see your case through the lengthy legal process.
What You Should Know About These Types Of Errors
Prescription drug errors typically involve a mistake made by the person prescribing, filling or administering your prescription. The effects of these errors range in consequence from minimal to possible life-threatening. Prescription errors include:
- Ignoring a dangerous drug interaction alert: The FDA provides health care providers, doctors, hospitals and pharmacists with a list of drugs that are not to be prescribed simultaneously. Ignoring this alert can result in the patient experiencing dangerous and unwanted effects from drug interactions.
- Dosage errors: A doctor or health care provider may administer an incorrect dose, either too great or too little, because of a lack of knowledge or calculation error.
- Incorrect or misunderstood prescriptions: Sometimes a doctor may accidentally prescribe a drug clearly not indicated for the treatment of a particular illness, a pharmacist may misunderstand the prescription ordered by a health care provider, or a nurse may administer another drug with a similar name or packaging, resulting in the patient receiving the wrong medication.
- Insufficient notice of possible side effects: Some prescribed drugs are known to have a history of producing unpleasant or dangerous side effects. Doctors and pharmacists are required to inform patients of any potentially harmful side effects a prescribed drug may cause.
- Failure to inquire about allergies to medication: Many individuals experience unpleasant, dangerous or deadly allergic reactions to certain types and classes of medication. A pharmacist or health care provider should always ask if you have any allergies to the medication before prescribing or filling a prescription.
Qualified To Determine If Medical Malpractice Has Occurred
The trust we place in doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers is like none other. A prescription error, whether because of gross incompetence or hospital negligence, can have devastating repercussions for the patient.
Our medical malpractice attorneys leverage our extensive knowledge of Indiana law to provide well-reasoned, straightforward answers to your questions and determine if you have a legitimate claim. We guide you through the complexities of Indiana’s malpractice law and seek maximum compensation from those responsible for your prescription error.
Speak With A Knowledgeable Attorney Today
The office of Park Woody Vaughan, P.C., is easily accessible by public transportation. We are conveniently located at the corner of Delaware and Ohio in downtown Indianapolis. A parking garage is available for clients. Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with night and weekend hours available by request. Payment is based on a contingency fee structure.