Pharmaceuticals relieve pain, improve health and save lives. However, medication mistakes are common and devastating. In its Preventing Medication Errors report, the Institute of Medicine estimates that 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events occur in the United States each year. These statistics are frightening and infuriating. At every level — from prescribing, transcribing, filling and administering the drugs — patients are placed at grave risk of harm.
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.
Before prescribing any medications, your doctor has a duty to consider potential adverse interactions with other medications or supplements you might be taking and to screen you for a variety of relevant health issues. Your doctor owes you the continued duty of following up with you about the efficacy of the drug and any negative responses your body is having. Prior to putting a powerful pharmaceutical into your body and until you complete your prescribed course, your doctor should evaluate your health in regards to:
In hospitals throughout New Jersey, nurses are on the frontline of healthcare. These medical professionals handle many of the daily tasks of patient treatment — including administering drugs to their wards. In the hectic, demanding environment of a hospital, perpetually overworked nurses are at high risk of performing harmful and potentially fatal medication mistakes, including;
These mistakes could be prevented if hospitals implemented clear protocols and procedures for drug administration, and if nurses were better trained and less rushed in performing their duties.
To speak with a lawyer about recovering damages for injuries caused by a prescription drug error, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 973-366-3900 or contact the firm online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. You pay no fees unless we win your case. Spanish translation services are available upon request.