Medication errors occur when preventable events that cause or lead to incorrect medication use or harm to the patient while under the care of a health care professional, the patient in terms of prescribed medication, and the consumer in terms of over-the-counter medications. Medication errors can occur in a variety of different scenario’s such as a professional practice or hospital, health care products available to the public, special procedures, incorrect labeling of medicine, packaging or instructions for use to name a few.
The most common medication errors are because of poor training or understaffed facilities where mistakes are far too common. These serious mistakes are related to improper dosage of medicine, accounting for 41% of fatal medication errors in a study by the FDA that looked at relevant data from 1993 to 1998. Incorrect drug administration or incorrect administration route claimed 16% of fatal deaths each. An alarming half of all fatal medication errors occur in victims over age 60, as the elderly often take multiple prescription medications thus are at the greatest risk. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error, speak with a Riverside nursing home abuse attorney who can build a case to represent you in the best way possible.
Victims of medication errors experience damaging reactions to incorrectly administered or prescribed medication including allergic reactions and life-threatening side effects. Those who have experienced a medication error see their illness go unresolved while enduring pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, decrease in quality of life and more. Steven J. Weinberg is an experienced medication error malpractice attorney in Riverside who has worked for decades to represent victims of medication error malpractice, and can build a strong case that will yield the best amount of compensation.
Contact a Riverside nursing home abuse attorney if you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error so that you can get the justice you deserve.