A prescription error is a form of medical malpractice where a doctor makes a mistake in prescribing a drug to a patient. Whether it’s a vaccine like Zostavax or a medication to treat nausea like Zofran, a prescription error can be committed for either types of medication.

What are Some Common Types of Prescription Errors?

The most common types of prescription errors committed by doctors include:

  • Prescribing the wrong drug
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage
  • Prescribing a medication that the patient is allergic to
  • Prescribing medications that are incompatible

What are Some of the Difficulties in Bringing a Lawsuit for a Prescription Error?

One of the biggest difficulties in bringing a lawsuit for a prescription error is proving that the harm suffered was the consequence of the prescription error.  Simply proving that you have suffered some harm and that the doctor has committed an error is not enough to win a lawsuit.  Instead, you must show that if the doctor had not made the prescription error, you would not have suffered from your current harm. 

Should I Hire a Lawyer?

If you believe you have been injured by a doctor’s prescription error, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine the value of your case and represent you in a lawsuit.