Medical mistakes are, unfortunately, a very common occurrence in the United States. In fact, medical errors account for thousands of deaths each year and are now the third top cause of death. Of the many errors, medical mistakes are likely the most common. A man recently filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a doctor and hospital claiming negligence led to serious injuries. The lawsuit claims the man was prescribed the wrong medication, in the incorrect dosage, causing pain and serious side effects. He seeks damages that include money for his injuries as well as legal fees.
Prescription errors include several areas of concern. A doctor may prescribe a medication that is incorrect or in the improper dosage. Some medications may have adverse interactions with other types of medications, so it is essential for doctors to fully understand the patient’s medical history before making a prescription. A pharmacy may make a mistake when filling a prescription by using the wrong ingredients or the improper mixture.