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Prescription Errors

Prescription Errors Attorney in New Jersey

Obtain Compensation for Prescription Drug Errors in New Jersey

Pharmaceuticals save lives, enhance health, and relieve suffering. Medication errors, however, are frequent and disastrous. The Institute of Medicine estimates that 1.5 million avoidable adverse medication events take place in the United States each year in its Preventing Medication Errors study. These figures are alarming and upsetting. Patients are put at a high risk of injury at every stage, including the prescribing, transcription, filling, and administration of the medicines. Powerful prescription medications that treat and cure a wide range of illnesses are now available thanks to modern medicine. The strength of these products, however, presents a dilemma when prescription medicine mistakes happen. The improper medication or dose can have dire, even deadly, effects.

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was founded in 1950 with the mission of helping injured people recover compensation in the most efficient manner possible. We expect doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and hospitals to uphold their duty to provide you with a reasonable standard of care, and we pursue maximum compensation when they fail to do so.

Your Doctor’s Responsibility

Your doctor has a responsibility to evaluate you for a range of pertinent health conditions and consider any potential negative interactions with any other drugs or dietary supplements you may be taking before prescribing any medications. Your doctor has a continuing obligation to check in with you on the effectiveness of the medication and any adverse effects your body may be experiencing. You are entitled to compensation under New Jersey’s personal injury statutes if you were hurt while taking a prescription that was negligently written, administered, or filled, and you incurred damages as a result.

Prior to putting a powerful pharmaceutical into your body and until you complete your prescribed course, your doctor should evaluate your health regarding:

  • Patient risk factors
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding concerns
  • Harmful drug interactions
  • Dangerous side effects
  • Overdose
  • Ineffective dose

Nursing Errors

Nurses are at the forefront of healthcare at hospitals around New Jersey. Many of the routine duties associated with patient care are carried out by these medical professionals, including giving their charges medicine. In the hectic, demanding environment of a hospital, perpetually overworked nurses are at high risk of performing harmful and potentially fatal medication mistakes, including:

  • Accidentally switching medications between patients
  • Miscalculating the dose
  • Missing doses
  • Administering doses too close together
  • Crushing extended-release pills
  • Injecting drugs into the wrong IV tube

These errors may have been avoided if hospitals had adopted clear standards and procedures for administering drugs and if nurses had received better training and weren’t pressed for time.

Understanding Your Rights

It is critical that every one of us is informed about the dangers and side effects of using a certain drug. When our medicines are filled, we can get printed instructions. But the information is frequently complex and complicated. The fact that data is provided in writing does not absolve healthcare professionals of their duty to inform patients of this information and to explain the dangers and potential adverse effects of drugs.

You are entitled to compensation under New Jersey’s personal injury statutes if you were hurt while taking a prescription that was negligently written, administered, or filled, and you incurred damages as a result. We can help you by assessing your possible claim and giving you suggestions on your alternatives.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

To speak with a lawyer about recovering damages for injuries caused by a prescription drug error, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact the firm online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. You pay no fees unless we win your case. For your convenience, we have offices in Elmwood Park, Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, with Spanish-speaking translators available by request.

  • In 2022, a year in which New Jersey courts were basically closed for trials, our firm still settled almost 100 cases for in excess of 8 million dollars.
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Our Offices
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Hackensack Office
    401 Hackensack Ave
    Suite 706
    Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
    Phone: 201-488-3366
  • Morristown Office
    19 Cattano Ave.
    Morristown, New Jersey 07960
    Phone: 973-922-3900
  • Roseland Office
    425 Eagle Rock Ave
    Suite 100
    Roseland, New Jersey 07068
    Phone: 973-274-5200
  • Bridgewater Office
    440 Route 22 E
    Suite 170
    Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807
    Phone: 908-927-0200