How Common Are Medication Errors and Pharmacy Mistakes?
According to a 2000 report by the Institute of Medicine, every year anywhere between 44,000 and 98,000 people die due to preventable medical errors such as medication errors and pharmacy mistakes. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury due to any form of medication error or pharmacist mistake, you should immediately seek the services of a professional medical malpractice attorney.
With millions of Americans depending on medication daily, it’s no surprise that serious medication errors occur every day. Sometimes this is due to improperly trained pharmacy employees. Other times it may be due to improperly administered medication in a hospital or health care facility. Whatever the cause, the cumulative effect is that thousands of people die or are seriously injured every year due to medication mistakes and pharmacy errors.
Some common causes for medication errors by doctors and physicians include:
- Prescribing the wrong drug due for a patient’s age or condition
- Prescribing the wrong dosage
- Prescribing the wrong medication due to misdiagnosis
- Prescribing drugs that conflict with other medications (“contraindication”)
Some common causes for medication errors by nurses and care takers include:
- Administering the wrong drug
- Administering the wrong dosage of a drug
- Misreading a doctor’s order
Some common causes for pharmacy mistakes include:
- Dispensing the wrong drug due to an inability to read the doctor’s order
- Dispending the wrong medication due to confusion as to a drug’s brand
- Medication mix ups due to random mistakes by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
Determining Who Is At Fault for Medication Errors and Pharmacy Mistakes
In any medication or pharmacy error claim, it is important to determine who is at fault. Discovering where the error was made and who made it is vital to building a medication error or pharmacy mistake lawsuit. Because there are so many people involved in the prescription and dispensing of medications, thorough investigation is needed to uncover who is at fault.
For a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience handling claims of medication errors and pharmacy mistakes, wronged patients often turn to Karl Gebhard of Gebhard Law Office. As a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience, Karl has the extensive knowledge and experience that comes from taking part in hundreds of jury trials and court trials.
Getting Victims of Medical and Pharmacy Errors the Compensation They Deserve
With nearly two decades of experience as a personal injury lawyer, Karl Gebhard takes his commitment to his clients seriously. He knows how dangerous it can be if your doctor prescribes the wrong drug or your nurse gives you the wrong dosage. Regardless of which health care professional made the error, Karl fights to get his clients fair and full compensation for injuries sustained due to medication errors.
Get a Free Consultation
With Gebhard Law Office, you can count on medication and pharmacy mistakes attorney Karl Gebhard to pursue all avenues of medical error compensation for you. And, because Karl works on a contingency basis, he will not accept any fees for his services until he successfully wins compensation. When you choose Gebhard, you’ll know he’s always on your side, working to get you the settlement that you deserve.
Call Gebhard Law Office at 414-873-6550 for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment concerning your pharmacy mistake or medication error claim. Milwaukee personal injury lawyer Karl Gebhard offers his services throughout Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas.