The effects of a medication error in Maryland range in severity, from slight nausea to life-threatening illness and even fatality. All too often, adverse drug reactions are the result of a medical professional’s neglect and patients are left to suffer the consequences. Read on to learn more about the effects of medication errors and discover how the attorneys at Cardaro and Peek can assist you in your case.
The Commonality of Adverse Drug Reactions
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, at least one death occurs every day as a result of a medication error. Patients experience adverse drug reactions for many reasons, allergies being one of the most common. Other mistakes involving medication include administering an incorrect dosage, insufficient packaging or instructions on the medication, failing to comprehend a patient’s medical history, and administering the wrong drug to a patient. The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality estimates that over half of adverse drug reactions are preventable.
Understanding Your Risk
Any patient could experience an adverse drug reaction, but some are at higher risk than others. Individuals who take multiple medications are at an increased risk as well as young children. A child’s dosage depends upon the accuracy of his or her weight. If a medical professional fails to record the child’s weight accurately, they could prescribe that child a dangerous dosage.
What You Can Do
Medical professionals have a responsibility to administer the correct medication to a patient, but patients can take certain steps to ensure their safety and the safety of their loved ones. Ask your doctor questions regarding the medication, such as if you should take it with a meal or without. Practice transparency with your doctors and medical professionals regarding allergies and previous medications.
If you experience an adverse drug reaction as a result of medical neglect, it’s important to speak with an attorney in Maryland as soon as possible.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
The lawyers of Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn for more information.