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4 common medication mistakes doctors make

On Behalf of | Nov 20, 2018 | Firm News |

Medical malpractice lawsuits are, unfortunately, common throughout the country. In a recent case, one woman with undiagnosed glaucoma was able to successfully sue her doctor for negligence. 

There are many ways doctors and nurses can be negligent on the job. Mistakes can happen, and in many cases, they relate to a patient’s medication. It is vital for patients to question their doctors and seek second opinions so they can be certain one of the following errors has not occurred. 

1. Misdiagnosis leads to wrong medication

Misdiagnoses occur frequently when a doctor believes a patient has one condition when, in actuality, the patient has another. In an attempt to correct the wrongful diagnosis, the doctor may prescribe medication that will not aid the individual. In some cases, it will actively harm the person without the medical condition. 

2. Wrongful dosages

When a patient needs to receive medication at the hospital, it is vital for the doctors and nurses to provide the right amount. Too little of the medication may not be enough for the individual to see any improvement. Too much of a drug can lead to additional complications, such as an overdose. 

3. Drug allergies

Some people are allergic to certain medications. This is why doctors always need to inquire about a patient’s medical history. While doctors can undoubtedly make mistakes, it is critical for patients to be aware of any allergies they have and to communicate them effectively. When doctors hand you the medical form ahead of time, it is crucial to complete it in its entirety. 

4. Miscommunication

Doctors’ sloppy handwriting leads to numerous people losing their lives every year. One way this occurs is if the doctor writes a dosage to give a patient, but a nurse misreads a number or decimal point. Additionally, many drug names look alike on paper, which can lead to further confusion. A patient may have a medical malpractice claim if evidence exists showing the doctor’s handwriting led to harm. 

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