Medication Errors

Skilled Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handling Cases Involving Medication Errors

Trusted by injured patients throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas

Many people rely on some form of medication for treatment of a medical condition or management of pain. They rightfully trust that the drugs prescribed by the physicians will not cause additional harm, beyond the potential side effects for which there is proper warning. Unfortunately, sometimes people are harmed by the medications prescribed to them. When these injuries result from negligent prescribing, improper administration, or inadequate monitoring, a medical malpractice claim may be a viable option for compensation.

At Merkel & Cocke, P.A., we have spent decades obtaining justice for injured patients. Our clients receive quality legal representation from a team of highly capable Mississippi medication error attorneys. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a diagnosis mistake, we can help. Do not let medical professionals get away with medication errors.

Types of medication errors

Medication injuries can result from a variety of circumstances, including the manufacturing of defective drugs by pharmaceutical companies. However, some medication injuries involve safe drugs that are improperly prescribed or administered by a doctor. We have seen drug injuries involving numerous types of physician errors, including:

  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Prescribing an incorrect dosage of medication
  • Failure to adequately review and assess patient’s medical history
  • Improper administration of the medication
  • Failure to consider drug interactions
  • Failure to provide patient with drug warnings and education
  • Insufficient monitoring of patient after use of the medication

Each of these medication errors can cause severe health complications and even death. If you think that your doctor made a harmful medication error, do not hesitate to speak with a reputable law firm about your injuries and legal options. At Merkel & Cocke, we believe that physicians should be held accountable for the harms they cause. That is why we commit ourselves to obtaining compensation for each of our clients.

Medication mistakes during hospitalization

As reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 7,000 patients die each year due to medication errors occurring within hospitals. Some of the most common hospital medication mistakes include:

  • Administration of another patient’s medication. If a nurse fails to pay appropriate attention, he or she may administer someone else’s medication to another patient. This serious error could further complicate the patient’s condition, possibly even leading to death.
  • Misread prescriptions. Physicians are notorious for their unreadable handwriting. While this has become a common joke within the medical community, illegible prescriptions can have severe consequences. For example, a nurse may misread the dosage amount, possibly leading to a fatal overdose of medication to the patient.
  • Pharmaceutical errors. Poor handwriting and inadequate attention can also cause errors within the hospital pharmacy, where the pharmacist may prepare the wrong medication for administration by nursing staff members. Dosing mistakes can also occur within the pharmacy.

Our skilled attorneys hold physicians, nurses, medical professionals, medical centers and hospitals accountable when errors cause harm to patients. Whether you were a patient at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, North Mississippi State Hospital, or any other medical facility, our experienced legal team will advocate to get you the justice you deserve.

Get help if you or a loved one has been harmed by a medication error

With the reputable attorneys of Merkel & Cocke on your side, you can focus on healing from your injuries while we focus on holding your doctor or the hospital responsible for their medication errors. We represent injured parties throughout Mississippi, including Tupelo, Jackson, Cleveland, Indianola, Clarksdale and across the Gulf Coast region. We also handle medication error cases occurring in Tennessee and Arkansas hospitals and pharmacies. Call us today at 662-627-9641 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.