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People take medication to make themselves feel better, and they trust that their doctors will prescribe the proper medications to properly treat their health conditions. Unfortunately, however, prescription drug errors and other types of medical malpractice are all too common in North Carolina. When doctors and other health care providers make prescription drug errors, patients are likely to suffer serious injuries, and in the worst cases, death.

If you have been injured as a result of a medication or prescription drug error, an experienced Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyer can review all of the facts and circumstances of your case, and may be able to help you obtain the compensation that you need and deserve under the law. An experienced personal injury attorney may also be able to file suit on your behalf within the required three-year time period and litigate your case through the court system, if necessary.

Common Medication Errors Made by Physicians

Medication errors are typically made by doctors, but they can also be made by pharmacists and nurse practitioners. The following types of prescription medication errors are the most common:

  • Dispensing or prescribing the incorrect medication
  • Dispensing the incorrect medication dosage
  • Miscommunication between the doctor/nurse on duty and the pharmacist
  • Illegible handwriting by a pharmacist or doctor, including misplaced decimal points
  • Failing to recognize or appreciate a patient’s drug allergy
  • Failing to recognize or appreciate drug interactions in patients
  • Confusing drug packaging

Burden of Proof

In cases of North Carolina medical malpractice, the injured patient has the burden proof. North Carolina health care providers are held to the standard of care of a reasonable health care provider (doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) acting under the same or similar circumstances. When a health care provider may be liable for negligence if they deviate from this standard of care or if their negligence proximately results in certain injuries and damages. Speak with a Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyer to determine who holds the burden of proof.

Injuries Resulting from Prescription Drug Errors

When a Jacksonville hospital or health care provider errs in prescribing a medication, extremely serious injuries and damages can result. Some of the most common injuries and damages resulting from prescription drug errors include the following:

  • Strokes
  • Disfiguring skin conditions
  • Rashes
  • Incontinence
  • Respiratory problems
  • Organ failure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Brain injury (including traumatic brain injuries, or TBI’s)
  • Drug overdose
  • Psychological consequences (including depression)
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Neurological damage
  • Wrongful death

Potential Damages Resulting from Prescription Drug Errors

An injured plaintiff may be able to recover damages for the past and future medical and hospital bills lost wages for time missed from work, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, permanency, and wrongful death, in the worst cases. In order to successfully prove negligence and damages on the part of a health care provider (or facility) in a North Carolina prescription drug error case, expert medical testimony from another health care provider is almost always necessary at trial.

Contact a Lawyer

Medication errors can result in serious and debilitating side effects, injuries, and even death, in the most serious cases. If you or someone you love was injured as a result of a prescription drug or other medication error caused by an emergency room doctor or other health care provider, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under North Carolina law. You should feel free to contact an experienced Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyer at any time, via telephone or email, for a free initial consultation.