The lawyers at Kennedy Hodges have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions in response to the overwhelming number of people who have suffered an injury after receiving the wrong prescription, wrong dosage or incorrect instructions for use. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, read on to learn how to protect your legal rights.
Hospital medication errors are a real threat in the United States. It is estimated that 7,000 people are injured each year because of medication errors.
While hospitals have systems in place to prevent mistakes, errors are still very common. A report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that more than 80 percent of hospital errors go unreported by hospital employees.
If you or someone you love is injured because of a medication error you have rights. You should consult our personal injury attorneys in order to investigate if someone is responsible for the mistake. You can also order our free book to learn more, How to Make Pharmacies Pay For Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
Prescription errors can happen to anyone, anywhere regardless of who you are. There are some precautions you can take to help prevent common medication errors and help keep your loved ones safe.
You cannot trust pharmacies to correctly administer your prescriptions. You can download a free copy of our book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors," to learn more about taking action because of a medication error.
- Write down the doctor's orders for the use of your medicine, as well as the dose and instructions.
- Don't use the drive thru window.
- Check your medicine before you leave the pharmacy against your notes, and insist on being counseled about your pharmacist about the proper use and the potential side effects of your medicine.
- You can also download our free chart of the most commonly confused drug names and bring it with you to the pharmacy to make sure you have the correct prescription.