In the world of medical malpractice, there are many types of errors that can occur that may negatively impact Rhode Island patients. Among these are errors involving prescription medications. A doctor’s poor handwriting is nothing to be joking about as even this can lead to an error if the wrong drug is given to a patient as a result.
At DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., we are aware of the dangers you might face if you are taking prescription medications. Some of the risks, such as adverse side effects, are something that every Rhode Island patient faces. Others, however, are the result of a mistake on the doctor’s or pharmacist’s part.
Like most Providence residents, when you are prescribed a medication it would seem natural to trust that your doctor and pharmacist know what they are doing. Unfortunately, mistakes involving prescription drugs occur on a regular basis across the country. Common medication errors you might encounter could include being given the wrong dosage instructions, getting your medication switched for another that has a similar-sounding name or taking your new medication with others that are not safely combined.
It is only reasonable for consumers to put a great deal of trust into a pharmaceutical product, especially one that’s supposed to be reputable. Unfortunately, sometimes Rhode Island residents are negatively affected by a drug that has been incorrectly prescribed or is defective.
Moving your loved one into a nursing home can be an experience fraught with concern, especially after hearing reports of abuse and neglect. At DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., we have seen firsthand how medication errors easily occur in adult care facilities and the devastating effects these mistakes can have on an entire family.
When you're going in for surgery in Rhode Island, you are probably nervous enough without having to worry about having an adverse reaction to general anesthesia. The dangerous side effects of anesthesia are fortunately rare, but adverse events occur enough times to be a concern to patients and medical professionals alike.
It’s been a long-running joke that doctors have terrible handwriting. However, when it comes to accurate prescriptions, a doctor’s scrawl is no laughing matter. The health of thousands of patients each year, including residence of Providence, is threatened when a pharmacist is unable to decipher the hurried scribbles of a customer’s physician. A pharmacist’s failure to read a doctor’s handwriting properly can result in numerous medication error types, from a dosage mistake to the wrong drug entirely.
Effectively administering and monitoring anesthesia involves a large number of considerations, including accounting for the patient’s weight and age. Not only can such factors affect how the patient responds to anesthesia but they can also have an impact on his or her overall health and recovery. When it comes to using anesthesia on children, the situation can become even more complicated and dangerous. The attorneys at DeLuca & Weizenbaum, L.T.D., are familiar with the harmful complications and consequences related to the use of anesthesia on young children, and are committed to educating our clients about such issues.
Given the fact that over-the-counter and prescription medications are specially designed to treat a huge number of medical conditions, it can be difficult to imagine that they can actually do more harm than good in some cases. Adverse drug reactions happen more often than you might believe, and can have serious and even fatal consequences. Consequently, it’s important to be able to identify when and how dangerous drug reactions can occur, as well as recognize possible symptoms.
The Mayo Clinic discusses common medication errors that occur in homes and hospital settings across the country, and explains that they are incredibly prevalent. No matter if the medication in question is a prescription drug or available over-the-counter, there is always the potential for it to be improperly dispensed or administered. Beyond that, issues relating to physicians and/or pharmacists issuing wrong prescriptions are not uncommon. The truth of the matter is that a serious and potentially life-threatening medication error can occur at any stage of a drug being prescribed, dispensed or administered.