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What are the dangers of medication errors?

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

Medication errors can be potentially fatal and happen much more frequently than you may think. They may occur due to confusion with similar-sounding medication names, sloppy handwriting, a rushing pharmacist or simple oversight. Often, mistakes produce no side effects or very mild ones.

However, there is always the potential for severe and dangerous complications after a medication mistake. As a patient in Georgia, you should understand the profound impact a medication mix-up could have on you.

AARP explains that taking the wrong medication or dosage can significantly harm you. If you are allergic to the drug, it could lead to a serious reaction and side effects. In some cases, you could face lingering health effects. It might also interact with other medications you take.

How do I know if negligence is to blame?

Your medication dictates the type of reactions that might occur. It is essential to identify the error as soon as possible. However, since many mix-ups are honest mistakes, it can often be hard even to know it happened unless something seriously goes wrong with your health and prompts further investigation. Experienced legal guidance may be necessary to determine if the error amounts to medical malpractice.

You need to be aware of the medications you take and that are given to you. Always check the names and dosage on the label. Make sure that you keep a record of when you take prescriptions and how much. Always double-check before ingesting your medication to help stop mistakes before they occur.

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