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When Doctors Provide the Wrong Prescription

By Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney on July 16, 2017

When people get sick, they naturally turn to their doctors for help. People think that doctors, because of their years of education and training, are infallible experts who can magically heal anything wrong with us. But…not all physicians have the same level of expertise, and all too often they make mistakes. And when doctors make mistakes, it can cost lives.

It’s a Big Job, Giving Medicine

One of the most important jobs a doctor performs is prescribing medications to help cure illnesses and treat diseases that are afflicting their patients. Errors in this process mean that not only is a patient’s ailment NOT being treated in the correct manner, but the wrong medication could harm the patient, sometimes even kill him.

When it comes to the administration of prescription drugs, a number of widespread errors pop up repeatedly in the medical profession. For example, doctors sometimes prescribe the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication. Other times, the medication is mislabeled. Many times, doctors fail to take into account other substances that the patient is currently taking and prescribe something that interacts negatively with those other medications.

One particularly harmful mistake a physician can make is prescribing a medication that the patient is allergic to. If a medical professional fails to inquire about your allergies or does not take those allergies into account when treating you, this can have deadly results.

Another duty of the doctor is to carefully inform you about any potential side effects, so that you know what to expect and can modify your behavior accordingly.

What Happens When a Doctor Makes a Mistake?

A medical professional’s failure to prescribe medication that is safe and effective (or prescription of the wrong medication, which hurts you) is considered negligence and falls under the category of medical malpractice. Fortunately, the State of Connecticut has strict laws to protect patients from negligent doctors and ensure they receive full and fair compensation for harmful mistakes.

However, proving medical malpractice, particularly with regard to incorrect prescriptions, can be challenging. First, you need to know who is at fault. Anyone who was involved in prescribing and issuing the medication could be found liable. This includes doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical centers, pharmacists, and the medicine’s manufacturer. Proving who exactly in that chain was at fault for a victim’s maltreatment requires a lot of inquiry, research, and plenty of resources.

If you have been the victim of medical malpractice in any form, you need a legal team that has the expertise and proven track record to handle complicated cases like this. At Naizby Law, we have been representing victims of medical malpractice for over 20 years and we always do our utmost to help our clients. Call (203) 245-8500 today to schedule a free consultation.

 

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