Free Consultations *
TOLL FREE: 866-679-2513
KEW GARDENS: 718-577-2573
WOODBURY: 516-681-0250
We continue to be here for you as we monitor the current COVID-19 health crisis. Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld remains open. Our staff is working remotely and the firm will continue to be functional and operational.

You can reach all of us via email or leave a message on our phone extensions and we will return the calls as quickly as possible.
We are concerned about the health and safety of all of our clients and wish all of you the best during these difficult times.

Over 60 Years In Queens County
Estate /

A closer look at some of the most dangerous medication errors

| Feb 25, 2018 | Failure to Diagnose

Every day, hundreds of people in New York visit their doctor for advice regarding medical problems and to receive treatment for a variety of symptoms. Often, during the course of treatment, doctors prescribe antibiotics and other over-the-counter drugs to assist in the healing of the body. However, medication errors are not unheard of. In fact, they are quite common, and when a patient is not aware of the types of dangers they face when taking prescription drugs, they may be at risk of serious injury or death. 

According to U.S. News, 1.5 million people are victims of medication errors every year in the United States. Often, these mistakes are innocent and with just a bit of education, nearly all of these missteps are completely preventable. 

Contrary to what some may believe, medication errors are more than taking the wrong type or dosage of medication. According to Web MD, there are several dangerous mistakes including the following:

  • Patients using more than one pharmacy to fill prescriptions.
  • Patients neglecting to ask questions about the purpose of a prescription and what kinds of adverse reactions to be aware of. 
  • Patients unknowingly mixing drugs that create deadly effects.
  • Patients using a prescription the wrong way.
  • Patients not checking medication labels and accidentally taking the wrong prescription home from the pharmacy. 

People who take their medications with alcohol are also at a significantly higher risk of suffering trauma from an adverse reaction to a prescription. When patients use their best judgment and are involved in their treatment by asking questions, they can greatly reduce and even eliminate their chances of becoming the victim of a medication error. 


Need Answers? Contact Us for a Free Consultation