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Prescription Errors

Obtain Compensation for Prescription Drug Errors in New Jersey

Recovery for mistakes in medication dosages or types

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.

Your doctor’s responsibility to screen you before prescribing and to follow up

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:

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

Nurses’ errors in the hospital setting

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;

  • 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 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.

Call our knowledgeable team about injuries you sustained because of a medication mistake

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.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
  • In 2018, we settled or won, at arbitration/mediation/trial, just over 100 personal injury cases. In total, our clients recovered just under 9 million dollars. In the last 5 years, we have settled/won over 600 personal injury cases and our clients have recovered almost 50 million dollars.
  • In the last 5 years, our firm has resolved over 300 workers compensation cases for in excess of 3 million dollars. During that same time period, our social security clients have prevailed in almost 85% of their appeals.
  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our Offices
  • Dover Office
    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Newton Office
    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Suite 302
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 201-794-3131
    Fax: 201-794-0812
  • Mendham Office
    5 Cold Hill Road South
    Suite 26
    Mendham, New Jersey 07945
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360