There are a lot of different causes of medication overdose and knowing the cause of the issue can be the key to getting the resolution that you deserve. Most patients don't question the judgment of their doctors and nurses, which may sometimes lead to serious problems. According to the FDA, about 10% of medical errors each year are related to improper ordering, dosage, and administration of prescription drugs.
Other medication overdose errors can occur at the pharmacy level, which is often the result of miscommunication. When a doctor does not communicate the dosing, drug, or medical information correctly, it can lead to overdose. On the other hand, the issue may be the fault of the pharmacist.
With a Louisville medical malpractice lawyer, you can fight your overdose claim, no matter what circumstances are to blame for the incident. Of course, you should be proactive about the medications you are taking in the first place. The following are some things to keep in mind:
- Ask questions. Inquire about what you are taking, why, and how much is prescribed versus the recommended dose;
- Follow all of the directions on the medication to the letter;
- Make sure that you check your medications before leaving the pharmacy. Do not simply trust that they are accurate; and
- Keep a current list of medications, medical conditions, and any side effects or allergies so that you can provide doctors with accurate information to reduce errors on your end.
To learn more about medication overdose or to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer about your case, call Gray & White today at 888-450-4456.