Doctors in Delaware often choose prescription drugs as the first choice for both prevention and treatment of serious medical problems. Prescription medications are not inherently safe just because they are used so frequently though, and it is not just the listed side effects you should be worried about. Medication errors can have real, lasting consequences for victims.
Pharmaceutical companies develop medications to be used for specific purposes and in exact doses. Deviating away from the right use and amount whether on purpose or accident could very likely constitute a medication error. Some common examples of medication errors include:
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Administering the wrong dose
- Starting medication too late
- Stopping medication too early
- Failing to warn of side effects
- Failing to monitor the patient for side effects
Even a single medication error can leave you with long term pain and suffering, worse health outcomes and additional medical bills. Many victims also feel like they cannot trust medical professionals anymore, which certainly complicates things even more. Since you might need extra care and treatment after the medication error, lack of trust can also make it an emotionally distressing experience. Like some victims, you may even delay seeking the help you need.
Getting through this part of your life is not easy. You do not have to do it alone, though. Men and women who have suffered medication errors often benefit from speaking with knowledgeable attorneys about their options for compensation. You can learn more about the process for pursuing a medical malpractice claim and the possible benefits of doing so by visiting our website.