Assisting Clients Injured by Prescription Drugs in East Tennessee
In today’s world, there are countless medications available to treat, cure and prevent a wide variety of ailments. Medications are often divided into over-the-counter drugs (OTC), which are available without special restrictions, and prescription only, which must be prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner. The developing and marketing of medication, also known as pharmaceuticals, is a very competitive industry and can be highly lucrative.
For almost five decades, our Morristown personal injury lawyers of The Terry Law Firm have been successfully representing injured people. If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a prescription drug error, we have the skill and experience necessary to get the compensation you deserve in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Common Mistakes by Medical Practitioners
Of course, the basic intention of all medications is to help, not to harm. When prescription drug errors do occur, the consequences can be serious, even fatal. According to a 2006 report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, it is estimated that 1.5 million people every year are victims of medication errors. Medication mistakes can happen at any point, from the time the drug is manufactured to the time it is consumed by the patient.
Some of the most common mistakes occur when pharmacists fail in their responsibility to consumers:
- Dispensing incorrect medication
- Dispensing correct medication in an incorrect dosage
- Mislabeling the prescription with incorrect information
- Giving a prescription to the wrong customer
- Failing to advise of the proper dosage or practices for taking medications
- Failing to transfer all information to labels when repacking a drug into smaller units
- Improperly combining prescription medications
In many cases, illegible handwriting contributes to improperly filled prescriptions. Pharmacists may misinterpret a doctor’s handwriting, thereby offering a patient the wrong prescription drug. Also, pharmacists can be confused about drugs with similar names. Despite a high level of professionalism in the field of medicine, errors inevitably occur and the wrong drug can cause catastrophic injuries.
Call Us Today to Discuss Your Case!
At The Terry Law Firm, we provide experienced legal representation for people who have been injured as the result of mistakes related to medication. If you have lost a loved one or had a loved one get seriously ill as a result of a prescription drug error, take the time to discuss your case with us by calling (423) 586-5800 today.