Practice Areas > Medical Malpractice > Medication Errors

Prescription medications exist to make us better. Typically, medicines perform properly for their intended use. However, when medical professionals or pharmacists make mistakes with prescription medications the error can injure or even kill.

The following are common types of medication errors that can cause injury and perhaps become the basis of a negligence claim:

  • Incorrect dosage— the failure to prescribe the correct dosage can be harmful. Depending on the condition being treated, if a dosage is too small the condition may not be properly treated. If the dosage is too high side effects can be disastrous, even fatal.
  • Wrong medication— a doctor may negligently prescribe an incorrect medication or a pharmacist may negligently give out a wrong prescription. Regardless, if you are given an improper medication you are not only failing to properly treat the underlying condition, but perhaps, you are threatening your health by taking a medication unnecessarily or risking serious side effects.
  • Wrong medication combinations— if a physician or pharmacist negligently fails to apprise themselves of all of the medications that you are currently taking prior to issuing a new prescription you might be exposed to an unhealthy combination of drugs. It is the responsibility of the doctors and pharmacists to ensure that the drugs you are prescribed do not cause dangerous side effects when combined with each other.

Errors in medicating clearly have serious health consequences. If you or someone you know has been harmed by an error in the use or prescription of medications you may have a negligence claim. The experienced lawyers at Friedman & Moses are available to speak to you about your case.