Prescription medication errors are an increasingly common form of medical malpractice. This type of error can include incorrect medications, mistaken doses of medications, wrong combinations of medications, or medications to which the patient is allergic.
At Davis Adams, we diligently discover the important facts, retain world-class expert witnesses and methodically prepare medication error cases for trial in a way that maximizes the opportunity for a verdict that provides justice for our client.
Mr. Davis is an accomplished medication errors attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received virtually every award and honor available to Georgia trial attorneys. He is one of the foremost experts on medication errors law in Georgia. Published on March 16, 2017, last updated on June 28, 2019.
Medication errors can occur at almost every point in the healthcare chain. It could happen when the pharmacies or pharmacists filling a prescription give patients the wrong medicines. It could happen when a doctor writes a prescription and forgets that the patient has an allergy or is taking a medication that reacts badly with other medicines. It could happen when a nurse dispenses the wrong amount of medication.
All of these medication errors have potentially devastating results. Like all medical negligence cases, whether meningitis misdiagnosis or radiology malpractice, those involving misfilled prescriptions and other medication errors are generally complex in nature and replete with opportunities for negligent parties to avoid taking responsibility.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported, “Some studies indicate that about 3 percent of the prescriptions dispensed by pharmacies have potentially harmful errors. The patient may be given the wrong drug, the wrong dosage or the wrong directions. The pressure on retail pharmacists to crank out prescriptions can be intense, with some overseeing hundreds of prescriptions a day.”
The report also noted that most pharmacists are overworked and that they delegate prescription filling tasks to technicians without proper supervision.
In addition to fatigue among pharmacists, other preventable errors occur all too frequently because systems for safely prescribing and ordering medication are not appropriately used.
For example, a widely recognized cause of the error is illegible handwritten prescriptions.
Also, errors may result from insufficient or missing information about co-prescribed medications, past dose-response relationships, laboratory values, and allergic sensitivities.
Prescription errors can occur when a regimen is too complex or when prescriptions are transmitted orally.
If you, your child or a loved one have suffered from a complication caused by a prescription misfill or other medication error, the attorneys at Davis Adams can obtain the necessary medical records and have an expert physician review the file free of charge to determine whether a doctor or other healthcare provider was negligent.
Drug errors are amongst the most common health-endangering errors that affect client treatment. Such mistakes are an issue in the US as well as internationally, and they have been shown to increase death rates, the amount of time patients spend in the hospital, and care expenses.
In one recent study, the most common types of documented errors were incorrect dose and also infusion rate. Two typical causes were making use of abbreviations rather than full names of drugs as well as similar names of drugs. This lack of pharmacological expertise in nursing is disturbing. Years of experience of the nurse was not a statistically significant factor in the study. However, medication errors for orally-administered medicines were found to be related dramatically with the number of patients a nurse cared for.
With today’s busy and crowded hospitals, it is no wonder that we see so many cases of emergency room malpractice and nursing malpractice. If you have concerns about your care, don’t hesitate to speak up.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists has a set of guidelines aimed at reducing medication errors in hospitals, but of course, no system is perfect and medication errors still occur despite the guidelines. And some medications lend themselves to more issues, for example, we see a fair amount of Coumadin lawsuits at Davis Adams.
Many of the guidelines focus on interaction with the patient since this is a key place where human error can come into the equation. The areas of patient interaction where medication errors occur include patient intake, medicine administration, patient monitoring, and discharge from the hospital.
At each of these points, healthcare professionals should be communicating with the patient, asking about allergies and other medications they’re taking, and monitoring the patient’s vital signs. Failure to do so may result in serious danger to the patient.
Davis Adams declines to approve the take on the bulk of cases offered to our firm. The fit needs to be just right: the appropriate client with an appropriate type of situation, where we feel like our firm can have the maximum positive influence. And also while it may appear counterintuitive to decline revenue-generating business, we are committed to doing impressive, hands-on work for a limited number of catastrophically harmed clients rather than utilizing a team of much less skilled attorneys to take on a high-volume workload.
We simply decline to turn into one of those law practices at which the seasoned attorneys just show their faces at the later stages of the instance, if they do at all. At Davis Adams, from day one, our customers have the time, interest, energy, and experience of the seasoned medical negligence lawyers that will be handling their case at trial. This converts to much better understanding of the case, and thus better financial results.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve after dealing with medication errors.