The result of a medication error can have damaging and life altering effects such as causing dementia, dizziness, overdosing, and even death. If a doctor makes a mistake when prescribing a medication or there is a medical mistake due to the medication prescribed, you may have means for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers handle cases for victims of malpractice against doctors, hospitals, and clinics.
A medical error is the sixth primary reason of death in the United States and is completely preventable. According to the American Association for Justice, medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, costing approximately $29 billion. In addition, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimates that there are 15 million incidents of medical harm each year, and found that Medicare patients who experienced a patient-safety incident had a one-in-five chance of dying as a result.
Most Common Medication Mistakes
When taking a medication or being prescribed one, you have to be smart and protect yourself so that an error does not take place. As a resource for our clients, we are providing a list of the top ten medication errors experts say are most likely to kill or cause serious harm to a patient. All information is tailored from “Ten common but preventable errors,” by Melanie Haiken. These include:
1. Confusing two medications with similar names
2. Taking two or more drugs that interact with each other
3. Overdosing on one or more medication that have the same properties
4. Taking the wrong dosage of medication
5. Mixing your medication with alcohol
6. Double dosing by taking the brand name and generic version of the drug
7. Taking a prescription drug with an over the counter drug
8. Not knowing the interaction your medication and your diet.
9. Failing to adjust medication
10. Taking a medication that is not safe due to your age.
Our experienced Michigan medical malpractice attorneys will discuss your case with you, review your records, and advise you whether you have a legitimate claim for medical negligence. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one our experienced Buckfire & Buckfire lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately and represent you under our No Fee Promise, meaning you do not pay any legal fees until we win or settle your case