Medication Error Lawsuits in North Carolina and Beyond
Prescription drugs have tremendous power to heal — or an equal power to harm. When doctors, nurses or pharmacists are not careful, patients can suffer permanent and life-threatening injury. Our law firm works to uncover the medication error and hold the providers responsible for monetary damages.
The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd has a lengthy record of favorable recoveries for victims of medical malpractice, including negligence in providing medicines to patients. Based in Fayetteville, we represent clients statewide in North Carolina and neighboring states. Call for a free case evaluation.
Medication Errors — Was Anybody Double-Checking?
There are a number of ways that patients can be harmed by prescription medications, all tracing back to the negligence of medical professionals:
- Prescription mistake (wrong medication)
- Wrong dosage (overdose)
- Harmful reactions with other medicines
- Known drug allergies
- Failing to administer necessary medications
- Pharmacy misfills
Miscommunication is a common cause of medication errors. In many cases, doctors did not know or take the time to find out what other physicians have prescribed, resulting in drug combinations with dangerous side effects. A well-run hospital, clinic or pharmacy should have a system of checks in place to ensure that the correct medicine in the correct dosage is given at the right time. Physicians should check, and pharmacists double-check, for contraindications.
The Human Cost
Medication errors happen every day, sometimes causing serious and lasting injury: organ failure, strokes, heart attacks, internal bleeding, brain damage, even wrongful death. The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd seeks compensation for the economic and personal losses, by demonstrating the physician, pharmacist or nursing error that caused the damage. We work with forensic nurses and other medical professionals who can review the records to attest that protocols were ignored or that the hospital or pharmacy did not have a system to prevent these tragedies. We also consult with pharmacologists and medical experts to demonstrate the link between the drug error and the injury.
Call (910) 401-3590 to have your case evaluated by proven medical malpractice trial lawyers. We offer a free initial consultation, including home and hospital visits for seriously ill clients in North Carolina.