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Medication & Prescription Errors

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Leading Calgary Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Medication & Prescription Errors

Due to the frequency with which doctors prescribe medications and pharmacists dispense medications, there is a chance that a prescription error will be made. These health professionals are, after all, human, and can make mistakes. However, mistakes with medications, dosages and prescriptions can have catastrophic and sometimes fatal consequences.

Prescription and medication errors can lead to serious injuries and, in some cases, be fatal. In such instances, the injured patient (or their family in the event of a death) may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim against the negligent party.

At Cuming & Gillespie our exceptional team of medical malpractice lawyers have more than 20 years of experience in determining whether a malpractice suit can be pursued following your injuries sustained from incorrectly prescribed or dispensed medication. We are deeply committed to a patient’s recovery post-injury. We want you and your family to be able to move forward after your injury and get the legal and financial assistance you need to make this happen. We only represent injured patients, never medical professionals or insurance companies.

Medication Errors: Doctors

Doctors play a crucial role in treating patients using the correct medications. When prescribing medications, doctors must ensure they obtain all relevant information from a patient, including information about what other medications the patient may be on, whether they are allergic to any medications, and similar. They must also be very careful in prescribing drugs. Unfortunately, despite a physician’s best efforts, mistakes or negligence does happen, and patients can be injured or even killed as a result.

Medication and prescription errors made by doctors include:

  • Not considering or not inquiring about a patient’s potential allergy to the medication prescribed;
  • Not considering what other medications a patient may be on;
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage;
  • Prescribing the wrong medication;
  • Prescribing unnecessary medications; and/or
  • Side effects diagnosed as a new ailment.

Medication Errors: Pharmacists 

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have a very important role as gatekeepers for the medications that are prescribed to patients. Unfortunately, prescription mistakes and negligence do happen, and patients can be seriously injured, or even die, as a result.

Medication dispensing mistakes include:

  • Advising on the wrong dosage;
  • Dispensing the wrong medication;
  • Failure to counsel patients on drug interactions;
  • Failure to warn patients of possible side effects;

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Taking a Collaborative Approach 

At Cuming & Gillespie, we are Lexpert recognized leaders in medical malpractice and use our extensive knowledge and network of resources to ensure your claim is handled with care. We regularly handle medical malpractice cases involving medication or prescription errors made by doctors, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Using a collaborative approach, we work closely with medical experts and others to build the strongest case possible and ensure that all aspects of your claim are taken care of.

Medication Error and Prescription Lawyers in Calgary

Human error or negligence can have serious implications, particularly when it comes to medications. If these mistakes result in severe illness, cause permanent problems or even cause death, it may be time to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer. Call Cuming & Gillespie today at 403-571-0555 or contact us online to book a free consultation.