Most people would be shocked to find out that the single most common medical mistake made in our country each year is a prescription drug error. This affects more people than any other error made medically. More than 400,000 prescription drug errors are made in our hospitals each year and in long-term medical care facilities it's almost double. In fact, every day in our country someone dies from one of these mistakes.
Attorney Jim Dodson had a patient a couple years ago that was to receive a medication intramuscularly and the nurse simply made a mistake and administered this same drug intravenously. The patient died within two minutes. Mistakes can be made by giving the wrong drug to the wrong patient, they can give the wrong dose, or they can make the mistake of giving the wrong drug that looks or sounds like another drug but in fact isn't. Sadly, there are several ways a prescription drug mistake can occur.
When medical mistakes like this occur a medical malpractice claim can be brought against the person who wrote the prescription and those who administered it. This is something that should be looked at very carefully by an experienced attorney who has handled cases like this before.
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