Medical Malpractice Prescription Errors

The primary factor for every medical malpractice case is whether the doctor was negligent in their duties or behavior, which then led to a patient being harmed. Negligence is not just about committing a mistake, it means that another competent medical professional would not have made the same error. Receiving an undesired medical update or diagnosis does not automatically mean there is grounds for a lawsuit. The treating doctor may not have made any mistakes, it’s just that the outcome wasn’t what the patient was hoping for. 

There are a multitude of oversights that a medical professional may commit, but prescription errors are among the most prevalent. There are many ways that a doctor could be viewed as negligent, especially if any of the following are true:

  • Providing medication that was meant for another patient
  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage for the medication
  • Not warning patients about potential side effects
  • Failing to catch allergic reactions
  • Failing to catch harmful drug interactions
  • Providing unnecessary medication due to misdiagnosis

Medical malpractice is often an emotional and complex case. The patient may have suffered from a worsened condition, new symptoms, or passed away because of the error. It is recommended that victims and/or their families consult with a lawyer for further assistance before taking action. During the consultation, a lawyer will assess if the four elements of medical malpractice cases are present: 

  1. A medical relationship existed
  2. The doctor was negligent
  3. There is proof that negligence caused the problem
  4. The patient was injured due to the negligence

As our medical malpractice lawyer friends from Ward & Ward Law Firm would probably also suggest, those who aren’t sure if they have a case for medical malpractice are encouraged to learn more so, they can make a confident decision about whether to file a lawsuit. 

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