There are enough and more stories about prescription errors. In fact, it can be considered as very common malpractice. Mentioned below are some examples of prescription errors.
- The patient is given or prescribed the wrong medicine.
- The patient is given medicine which is meant for another patient.
- Prescribing or giving the wrong dosage.
- Giving unnecessary medicine as a result of a misdiagnosis.
- Incorrect dosage due to failed medical equipment.
- Failure to mention the side effects of strong medicine.
- Failure to notice allergic reactions.
A prescription error can be done by the doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
How to prove a prescription error?
You will have to prove four things if you want the law to identify you as a victim of a prescription error.
- There must be a medical relationship between you and the individual you are suing.
- Proving their (the prescriber’s) failure to fulfill ‘reasonable standard of care’ at the least.
- Proving the negligence of the practitioner.
- Proving that the respective malpractice leads to specific damages (it can be physical, mental or financial).
When it comes to a prescription error, the above-mentioned aspects should be proved straightforwardly by a well-experienced lawyer. The medical relationship can be proved using a prescription slip or something similar. If the medication given is incorrect, that’s a straightforward sign of negligence which can be proved pretty easily. When it comes to taking the wrong dosage or wrong type of medicine, the victim will experience physical, mental and financial damages.
Nevertheless, it goes without saying that there must be a specialized and well-experienced medical malpractice lawyer to handle such a case. He or she will be able to determine whether medical malpractice has occurred in a given case. So, it is important to talk to a well-experienced lawyer if you have faced such an issue. In most of the cases, these lawyers offer free initial consultation as well to give you a general idea about the end result.
This article provided by Wagners Personal Injury Lawyers in Halifax
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