Every day, people depend on medicines to get through their day and for their bodies to function properly. Besides over the counter medication that helps with every day aches and pains, millions of people require various prescriptions to keep them alive on a daily basis. We depend on doctors to diagnose and prescribe medications. We also need pharmacists to interpret those prescriptions, fill them properly and label the bottle appropriately. In surgeries, we depend on anesthesiologists to use the correct medication, correct dosages and to monitor is appropriately. When there are that many steps required before a patient can even take his medicine, there is much room for error.
Get to the bottom of a suspected prescription liability matter. Have you experienced Santa Rosa medication errors? If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of such negligence, we want to help.
Contact the law offices of Teal & Montgomery to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced, accomplished Santa Rosa medical malpractice attorney. Discuss your medical malpractice case with a knowledgeable plaintiff lawyer and find out whether you can succeed with an injury claim and how to go about seeking compensation.
Consequences of Medication Errors
A pharmaceutical mistake can mean serious ramifications and even lead to death for a patient during or after surgery. According to the British Journal of Anesthesia, “medication errors continue to product a large expense in modern medical practice in regards to human suffering as well as additional costs of healthcare. Drug-related errors cause an estimated 7000 deaths per year in the USA.”
If your loved one passed away in the course of medical treatment in Santa Rosa or surrounding cities in California, and you suspect a medication error, talk to a medical malpractice attorney promptly. The more quickly you begin an investigation, the more probable it is for your attorney to locate and evaluate evidence of wrongdoing following a prescription or medication mishap. There are numerous methods to uncover evidence, including medical records, eyewitness accounts or independent medical exams.
What is a Medication Error?
According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP), “A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing, order communication, product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature, compounding, dispensing, distribution, administration, education, monitoring, and use.”
Results of Medication Errors
If someone mistakenly puts salt into a cookie recipe instead of sugar, the worst thing that’s going to happen is getting a mouthful of salty cookies and needing a couple extra glasses of water for your dry mouth. But it’s unlikely you will suffer lasting or deadly consequences as a result. In stark contrast, if a medical professional administers a drug to a patient to which he has an allergy, or overdoses the patient, the results can be catastrophic.
Contact a California Prescription Error Attorney
At Teal and Montgomery, we have skilled and professional attorneys with extensive experience. In fact, we have a medical doctor as a member of our winning team. This means we have the leading edge on medical malpractice claims and should be your top choice if you or a loved one has experienced a medication error in Santa Rosa, California.
Please contact the law firm of Teal and Montgomery by calling 707-525-1212 to schedule a free initial consultation at your convenience. We have offices in Santa Rosa and Sacramento and look forward to offering you superior legal assistance.