Medication Errors

Scranton, Pennsylvania Medication Errors

Doctors are trusted by their patients to prescribe the correct drugs for their health conditions.  However, hospital staff and doctor errors often lead the to the wrong dosage or medication being prescribed.  Unfortunately, the stressful nature of life for medical professionals, which involves seeing many different patients during the day, makes these errors an unfortunate reality.  These prescription errors may result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death.

If you received the wrong medication or dosage, and have suffered health concerns as a result, you need to know your legal options.  Call Caputo & Mariotti’s medication error attorneys at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form to contact us now for a FREE Consultation.  You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation for your injuries.

With our extensive experience, our medical malpractice lawyers will help you get the legal outcome you deserve.  We have represented clients from all over Pennsylvania.

The Institute of Medicine recently reported that between 44,000 and98,000 deaths each year result from medical errors, with more than 7,000 of those being related to medications.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated reports of medication errors received over a five-year period and found the most common errors to be:

  • Improper dose (41%)
  • Giving the wrong medication (16%)
  • Using wrong route of administration (16%)

The most common medication errors involve the dosage and type of prescription medications.  A doctor may prescribe, or a pharmacy may fill the incorrect amount of the drug, and possibly even the wrong drug, for a particular health condition.  Types of medication and prescription errors include:

  • The patient’s medical history-related errors:  Doctors must fully understand a patient’s medical history to prescribe the best medication.
  • Incorrect decimal points:  Doctors can easily prescribe the wrong amount of a medication by putting the decimal point in the wrong place, which can lead to administration of an incorrect dose.
  • Confusion of drug names and illegible handwriting:  Doctors are notorious for poor handwriting, and that poor handwriting can cause substantial harm to patients.  Any errors resulting in improper medication dosages can have catastrophic consequences.

While the correct medication will alleviate or eliminate a patient’s health condition, improper medication can cause death.  Common injuries caused by medication errors include:

  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Disfiguring skin eruptions
  • Strokes
  • Coma
  • Heart attack
  • Organ failure or organ damage
  • Respiratory problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Neurological damage
  • Brain injury
  • Overdose
  • Prescription addiction
  • Sensory damage
  • Psychological impairment
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Wrongful death

If you or your loved one have experienced health complications as a result of a medication error, call the experienced attorneys at Caputo & Mariotti at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form to contact us now for a FREE Consultation.  You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation for your injuries!  We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing until you receive financial compensation for your injuries.