From wrong-site surgery to mistakes made by an anesthesiologist, medical professional negligence takes many forms. However, it is important to understand the prevalence of medication errors in New London, and across Connecticut. These mistakes may cause a wide variety of health problems and, in some cases, can be deadly. At the law firm of Beebe and O’Neil, we know how challenging life often is for victims of medical mistakes.
Medication errors happen for a number of different reasons, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For example, some are caused by inferior techniques and inefficient communication. Other causes include patients misunderstanding the directions on their prescription medication, physicians with illegible writing and medication names that are very similar.
The FDA reports that roughly 1.3 million Americans are injured by medication errors each year. Furthermore, these mistakes result in an average of one death every day. When it comes to prescription medication, mistakes may take place at any point in the distribution process, from prescription writing and repackaging to the dispensing and administration of drugs.
Whether you have taken the wrong drug because a pharmacist was unable to read your doctor’s handwriting or your physician prescribed an incorrect dose or medication, it is important to ensure that you hold accountable those responsible for any suffering you have endured. Unfortunately, negligence and careless behavior in the medical profession will continue to claim lives and leave patients injured.
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