Can Prescription Errors Arise to Malpractice?

Perhaps, yes. There are times when doctors, physicians, or other medical providers make errors when prescribing medication to patients. If these errors were unreasonable under the circumstances, then you may have the basis for a medical malpractice suit. Malpractice victims have the right to use these suits to recover compensation for their injuries.

What is Malpractice in Prescription Cases?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, fails to provide the appropriate standard of care, which then results in harm to a patient. In the context of improperly prescribing a drug, medical malpractice may be established if the healthcare professional:

  1. Prescribed a drug that was contraindicated or inappropriate for the patient’s condition.
  2. Failed to consider the patient’s medical history, allergies, or other relevant factors that could affect the drug’s safety or efficacy.
  3. Failed to monitor the patient’s response to the prescribed medication or provide necessary follow-up care.
  4. Neglected to inform the patient about the potential risks, side effects, or interactions associated with the drug.
  5. Made dosage errors, such as prescribing an incorrect dose or frequency.

To pursue a medical malpractice claim for improperly prescribing a drug, you must prove that:

  1. The healthcare professional’s actions deviated from the accepted standard of care,
  2. This deviation caused harm or injury, and
  3. There were resulting damages (for example, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering).

What Evidence Can Show Malpractice?

There are several common sources of evidence when it comes to proving medical malpractice claims. Some of the most popular sources include:

  • Medical records (including a doctor’s notes, X-ray results, and pharmaceutical records),
  • Witness statements,
  • Reports or testimony from medical experts,
  • Pictures of injuries, and
  • Personal journal entries (to help show the severity of a victim’s injuries).

Again, please note that the goal of this evidence is to show that a medical provider’s actions deviated from the accepted standard of care.

Contact Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC

Please know that our firm is here to help if you were injured due to a medical provider’s malpractice. Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC provides free consultations to all our potential clients. The attorneys at our law firm also have over 120 years of combined experience representing injured parties in medical malpractice cases. They never back down to insurers and fight for their clients’ interests every step of the way. Do yourself a favor and contact them now for the quality legal representation you deserve.

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