We need to go ahead and put it out there – medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some estimates say that as many as 440,000 people die a year because of medical errors.

We know how shocking those numbers are. Many of those mistakes are made when it comes to patient medications. When you do to a doctor, you trust that they will prescribe medications that will help you feel better. Unfortunately, sometimes a medical professional’s negligence ends up causing you or a loved one harm.

When you need a Camden medication error attorney, The Weitz Firm, LLC will be by your side. We will investigate your claim and work to recover the compensation you need.

The Numbers

Medication errors are the cause of more than 7,000 annual deaths in the US and countless other injuries. In a hospital setting, these errors often happen because:

  • A patient receives the wrong medication.
  • A patient receives the wrong dosage of their medication.
  • A patient does not receive their medication at all.

Healthcare professionals often cite problems in communication, whether written or verbal, when it comes to these errors. They also say that problems with medicine supplies and storage, overworked staff, and interruptions lead to medication errors.

Some of the most common errors revolve around the following medications:

  • Insulin
  • Anticoagulants (blood thinners)
  • Amoxicillin
  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen

When a doctor is prescribing a medication, they need to do so only when they have a full patient medical history, including all of the medications they are currently taking and all of their medical conditions. A failure to do so can lead to them prescribing a medication that will have adverse effects on the patient.

When a medication is being dispensed, it is up to the pharmacist to ensure that the correct one, with the correct dosage, is going to the patient. If a pharmacy technician or the pharmacists themselves take shortcuts or ignore built-in safety measures, the results can be disastrous.

Medication errors are devastating. At every level of health care, medical professionals should be vigilant when dealing with medications. Patients tend to trust the people who have their lives in their hands, so much so that they do not ask questions about what goes into their bodies.

What Happens Now?

Medication errors are preventable. When they happen because of the negligence of doctors and nurses, the results can be devastating. We trust healthcare professionals with our lives. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we believe that medical professionals should be held accountable when they make mistakes that harm people.

If you need a medical malpractice attorney in Camden, turn to The Weitz Firm, LLC today. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Not only will we work to ensure your medical expenses are covered, but we will secure pain and suffering damages as well. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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