05.01.2018

Medical Malpractice Claims And Prescription Medications

Over a century ago, in 1906, James Powell, Sr. founded a law firm to serve Northeastern Pennsylvania, primarily the growing towns of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. With offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Moscow, and Taylor, today, Powell Law serves a far greater area than Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Powell Law provides experienced and effective legal representation in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, workers’ compensation, disability, and criminal matters.

Annually, more than 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events (ADEs) are associated with medication errors in the United States. Medical negligence based on human error is the primary cause of wrongly prescribed medications.┬áMany observers of the problem note that each year many instances of medication errors aren’t reported at all.

Medication errors may occur anywhere in the drug distribution system. Those typically responsible for such errors include a prescribing physician, physicians’ assistants, nurses, nurses’ aides, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and drug manufacturers. Medication errors may also occur when the drugs are under the control of the patient or care provider.

Medication errors may occur because of administering, dispensing, prescribing, repackaging, or monitoring the medication. Mistakes with medications may be caused by events and circumstances such as:

  • Poor communication resulting in the misinterpretation of a verbal prescription order;
  • Ambiguities in the names, medical abbreviations, and directions for use of pharmaceutical products;
  • Complicated directions that may be too difficult for a particular patient to execute or follow;
  • Manufacturer errors in packaging and labeling the pharmaceutical product;
  • Incorrectly accounting for patient allergies or their use of other medication; and
  • Misuse by a patient due to a failure to understand the product’s directions.

If you require legal counsel and assistance in litigating a claim for damages resulting from any incident of medical malpractice or error, including the prescription of medications, contact Powell Law. Our decades of experience make it the clear and obvious choice for representation in personal injury matters involving any type of vehicle accident in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas. Your consultation is free and you don’t pay unless we win your case! The attorneys at Powell Law carry on the work of a law firm that spans generations and has represented thousands of Pennsylvanians over a period of 112 years. Contact Powell Law at (570) 961-0777 or visit us online. Call now for a FREE case evaluation. You don’t pay unless we win!

Medical Malpractice Claims And Prescription Medications

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