Prescription errors and medication mistakes cause over one million injuries and deaths in the United States every year. These avoidable injuries could be caused by a doctor prescribing the medications incorrectly, the pharmacy filling the wrong dosage, or by nurses dispensing a different patient’s drugs.
Mistakes involving prescription medications are so common and prevalent in hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. It has been estimated that an average of one mistake per patient -per day- is made. While the vast majority of these mistakes may not lead to serious injury, some prescription errors can lead to the patient’s death.
PREVENTING MEDICATION MISTAKES
Medication prescription mistakes are a preventable problem, but often very little is done to avoid these errors. Simple steps that could be taken to double check medications and clearly write prescriptions are not followed by most hospitals and medical providers. As a result of this carelessness and negligence, thousands of Americans suffer serious injuries or die every year.
Patients in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are often the most susceptible to these prescription errors. A 2006 study by the Institute of Medicine found that nursing homes and long-term facilities often do not disclose these mistakes to the patient and family.
PRESCRIPTION MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS
Alan Ripka & Associates have years of experience handling complex medical malpractice lawsuits and nursing home negligence lawsuits. Alan Ripka & Associates’s clients recover multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts every year, and he has the resources to fight doctors, hospitals and large insurance companies to protect the interests of his clients.
If you believe that a medication mistake has been made, request a free consultation and claim evaluation with one of our prescription error lawyers. All cases are handled under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless we obtain a recovery.
Request a free consultation or call our 24-hour toll-free injury hotline at (84) GET-RIPKA to speak with an attorney. Even if you decide not to hire a lawyer, you should make sure you are aware of your legal rights.
There are no fees or expenses until we win your case. Every case has a time statute of limitations, so it is important that you make sure your legal rights are protected.