Pharmaceutical errors are drug problems causing illness or death, and are a type of medical malpractice. Patients may fall victim to pharmaceutical errors in a number of ways. The most common of these are:
- Wrong application of the correct medication
- Patient’s allergic reaction to a prescribed drug
- Harmful drug interactions when many medications are taken together
- Prescribing the wrong drug or the correct drug but the wrong dose
- Administering the incorrect drug
- Error at the pharmacy in filling the prescription
If you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of a drug error, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Contact our law offices online at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy or call 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 to speak to a medical malpractice attorney. Our experienced staff of attorneys can help you determine if you are entitled to a medical malpractice settlement, and will guide you through complicated medical malpractice law.
Results of pharmaceutical errors are difficult to track. Some are as elementary as adverse side effects being misinterpreted as a new ailment. This often leads to giving the patient more drugs instead of changing the original drug. The more medication a patient takes, the greater the chance of drug problems, such as harmful drug interactions. This is especially problematic in the elderly population, where one patient may take several medications.
In the case of seizure medication, the incorrect dose may lead to more violent seizures or even brain damage. In these medical malpractice cases, you need the advice of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Regardless of whether the pharmaceutical error causes damage or not, responsible parties should be notified immediately to prevent future errors. If an error is discovered that has not caused any problems for the patient, the burden of proof for medical malpractice is up to the patient, and medical malpractice settlement for damages may not be accessible.
The bottom line in all cases of medical malpractice due to pharmaceutical error is determining if a patient has suffered a preventable injury due to the negligence of another. This applies to pharmacists, physicians, healthcare providers and drug manufacturers. The case against pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck in the Vioxx medical malpractice case shows that even large drug corporations with deep pockets are held accountable for drug problems and subject to medical malpractice lawsuits.
The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy in Cincinnati, Ohio, routinely handle pharmaceutical error claims. When you schedule a confidential appointment with our malpractice lawyers, you can rest assured that your case will be analyzed by experienced lawyers. Our staff will draw on legal and medical professionals as expert witnesses to defend you and obtain the satisfactory settlement due to you.
Our offices are staffed seven days a week, and you can always reach the medical malpractice attorney on call, 24 hours a day. We are conveniently located in Cincinnati, Ohio, or you can contact us online to request a free case evaluation. We work on a contingent basis, and don’t collect payment until you receive settlement. Call us at 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 today and schedule your free, private consultation.
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