Seeking Compensation For Serious Harm Caused By Medication Errors
Just as prescription medications can cure or treat serious conditions, they can cause irreversible harm or death when given improperly. Carter Law Offices has prevailed in a number of lawsuits involving medication errors by doctors, nurses or hospital pharmacies.
Our medication error attorneys offer a free consultation if you believe a prescribed drug caused a loved one’s serious injury or fatal reaction. We take cases throughout the Kansas City area and surrounding counties of Missouri and Kansas. Call us at 816-897-7772.
Prescription Errors Should Not Happen
Physicians, pharmacists and nursing staff have a duty to double-check before prescribing, dispensing or administering meds. Medication errors can include:
- Prescribing the wrong drug
- Giving the wrong dosage
- Failing to administer medications ordered by a doctor
- Failing to check for contraindications — known drug allergies, existing medical conditions or adverse reactions with other medications the patient is already taking
Drug errors can cause heart attack, stroke, brain damage, kidney failure, internal bleeding and other serious reactions, including fatality. Young children, the elderly and people who are already ill or recovering from surgery are especially at risk.
How Can You Recognize A Potential Medication Error?
Just as there are numerous types of medication errors, there are also numerous signs to watch for that might alert you to a medication error.
Whether you or a loved one is taking the drug, pay attention to any physical symptoms, such as:
- Inability to tolerate a drug that was previously tolerated (could indicate a dosing error)
- Allergic reactions such as skin rashes or shortness of breath (could indicate a contraindication)
- Major and unexplained changes in mood, mental clarity, energy levels, etc.
- An unexplained medical or psychiatric emergency that requires a trip to the emergency room
If your loved one is in a nursing home and you are carefully tracking their medication regimen, a sudden change in listed dosage could indicate a mistake on the part of the nursing home or its staffers.
Speak With A Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Were you injured due to a medication error? Contact our Kansas City office for a free case evaluation. We can come to your home or hospital, and we take no attorney fees unless we recover compensation. Call 816-897-7772 or contact us online to get started.