Written by attorney Thomas James Dunnion

Medication Errors Can Lead to Serious Side Effects

Prescription medications can have important benefits when they are used appropriately, they can even prevent heart attacks and save lives. However, when used inappropriately, or in the wrong dose, they can have the opposite effect of what they were intended for. Instead of helping a serious medical condition, they can indirectly cause one.

Unfortunately, medication errors are more commonplace than people might think. It is not extremely difficult for a nurse to use the wrong bag for an IV or for a pharmacist to take the wrong medication off the shelf. Many medication errors are simply caused by human error.

The human errors can vary widely. They can happen in the hospital, can happen in the doctor’s office or can happen at the pharmacy. One of the most common medication errors is pulling a drug with a similar name off the pharmacy shelf.

Another common medication error is to misread a doctor’s handwriting. The pharmacist can have trouble identifying the name of the prescription medication or the dosage. On the other hand, a doctor can fail to learn his or her patient’s medical history, thus leading to dangerous drug interactions or allergic reactions on behalf of the patient. A patient can also be harmed when a nurse accidentally administers too much or too little of the drug. Too little anesthesia during surgery for example, can have devastating consequences.

Medication errors can also involve the manufacturing of the drug. Dangerous medications have led to countless drug recalls over the years. Unfortunately, some patients are seriously harmed or killed when this happens, and the defective medications aren’t recalled until it is too late.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a victim of wrongful death due to a medication error (, it’s extremely important that you enlist the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will be able to examine the facts surrounding your case, and determine whether or not you have a claim. Furthermore, your attorney can help you determine who the legally liable party would be. It could be a doctor, a psychiatrist, or hospital staff or pharmacy.

Once you understand your legal rights, you can then find out if you are eligible for compensatory damages. These damages may include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and loss of future income. A California personal injury attorney ( will be able to handle the claims process for you, so you can place your focus on your recovery.

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Dunnion Law is a personal injury firm headquartered in Monterey, California with office locations in San Jose and Fresno. We have been representing clients in the area since 1975, and won more than $400 million for our clients. The firm principal is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Our personal injury attorneys handle all types of cases and do so with the utmost care and professionalism. You can trust that we will do everything within our power to pursue the compensation you deserve. To learn more about the claims process, don’t hesitate to contact our San Jose personal injury attorneys at (800) 863-3387 for a FREE case consultation.

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