Prescription Errors – Massachusetts and Rhode Island Lawyers
Every year over 1 million people are seriously injured or even die as a result of prescription errors or medication mistakes.
Mistakes by doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are far more common than most people realize. And while these errors start with simple mistakes, such as providing a customer with another person’s prescription, putting the wrong pills in a prescription bottle, failing to check for dangerous drug interactions, or putting the wrong information on a prescription label, they should not happen. By conservative estimates, a prescription drug mistake takes place on an average of 4,100 times per day. These errors by health care professionals result in patients who get sicker, develop new injuries and health problems, incur additional health care expenses, and sometimes even die.
Common Types of Prescription Errors
- Wrong drug or prescription
- Wrong dosage
- Allergic reactions
- Hospital medication errors
- Contraindicated use
- Dangerous drug mistakes
- Wrong instructions or the wrong label
Patients who have been harmed by a hospital, pharmacy, or doctor’s mistake can take weeks, months, or even years to recover, and in some instances the injury is permanent. In fact, the extra expense of treating drug-related injuries that occur in hospitals is estimated to be $3.5 billion a year.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury due to a prescription error in MA or RI, learn your legal rights by contacting us today to speak with a lawyer who can advise you. Contact Brian Cunha & Associates today.