What Causes Accidental Medication Overdoses?
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to help people who were hurt by dangerous and defective medications. But we also recognize that many people are harmed by medications that are otherwise safe and free from significant risks. For many patients, those injuries or complications occur because they unknowingly take too much of a certain medication.
There are a few reasons that accidental overdoses occur, including:
- Incorrect prescriptions—When doctors prescribe medications for patients, they’re supposed to take into consideration factors like the patient’s age and weight. When they fail to do so—or when they prescribe dosages that are incorrect—patients may take too much of their medications, resulting in dangerous or even life-threatening complications.
- Pharmacy mistakes—Even when doctors prescribe the correct dosages for patients, they may get pills that are too potent or get directions on their bottles from their pharmacies that indicate they should take their medications more often than they should.
- Patient mistakes—It can be difficult for some patients to keep track of their medications, especially if they take multiple pills every day. Patients can avoid this by using pill organizers and by setting timers to remind them to take their medications at the same time every day.
If you or someone you love was hurt by a preventable drug injury, our drug injury lawyers are here to help. We know how serious medication-related complications can be. Patients may suffer serious health problems and even life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
You shouldn’t have to suffer for a drug injury that wasn’t your fault. Call us today for a free consultation.