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Types of Errors

Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

How Do Houston Dosage Errors Happen?

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Imagine you fell off a ladder and injured your back. You have a ruptured disc, and while it's incredibly painful, the doctor gives you a shot of cortisone and sends you home with instructions not to move for a few days.
The next day, your legs and ankles have swollen to twice their size. After an ambulance ride back to the hospital, you are told that the doctor mistakenly gave you too much medicine in your injection.
Now you have to stay in the hospital until the medication leaves your system, suffering a condition worse than the one you were being treated for.

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If this story sounds familiar, it's because dosage errors account for nearly one-third of all medication mistakes nationwide-and can result in overdose, liver toxicity, or even wrongful death.
Here are just a few ways wrong dosages have caused patient injury:
  • Math errors. Many dosage mistakes are a result of a misplaced decimal point. For example, an infant suffered a medication overdose when the administering nurse accidentally gave the baby 10 times the intended amount.
  • Protocol problems. Hospitals have failsafe measures in place to make sure these types of errors are caught and corrected before any harm is done. Unfortunately, physicians in a rush may skip over these practices, thinking they are a waste of time.
  • Medication changes. In many cases, doctors grab medications based on what they look like: a purple cap, or an IV bag with a green label. But when pharmaceutical companies change their packaging or make a dosage stronger, doctors often assume the contents are the same as before.
  • Overworked staff. Many pharmacies will only employ one experienced pharmacist for every four or five techs. While pharmacy techs are qualified to fill orders, they often work longer hours due to understaffing, leading to fatigue and concentration problems that result in dosage errors.
As experienced Texas pharmacy error attorneys, we know that many of these cases are a result of human error. Nobody intended any harm to the victim. In fact, they were likely trying to improve the patient's condition. Unfortunately, doctors and pharmacists alike have a responsibility to make sure their actions-even unintentional ones-do not cause unnecessary suffering.
If someone you love has been the victim of a dosage error, call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 today for a free consultation.