West Virginia Medical Malpractice: Prescription Errors (Part A)

If you have been seriously injured as a result of a prescription error, you may have a valid West Virginia medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice in West Virginia applies not only to doctors but to any healthcare provider whose negligence results in injury.

To determine if you have a valid West Virginia medical malpractice claim, an experienced West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer can evaluate the facts behind your injuries and explain your legal options. 

Who is at risk of a prescription error in West Virginia?

Anyone who takes prescription medication is at risk of a prescription error.
A pharmaceutical mistake can be dangerous for any person, but those who are already undergoing a medical procedure or those with a serious medical condition are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of a prescription error.

Because of their small size and weight, children are especially at risk of injury or wrongful death after a prescription error or pharmaceutical mistake. For them, an overdose or wrong medication can have dire consequences, and may result in the need for a West Virginia medical malpractice claim in order to recover damages.

What are common types of prescription errors?

When a pharmacist or doctor makes a mistake that leads to a prescription error, it is often the result of carelessness or negligence.  Most prescription errors are preventable.

Common types of prescription errors include:

  • mislabeling;
  • prescribing or dispensing the wrong dosage;
  • prescribing or dispensing the wrong medication;
  • harmful interaction between different types of medication;
  • confusing similar prescription names; and
  • illegible handwriting by a doctor prescribing a medication.  

What can cause a prescription error in West Virginia?

There are a variety of causes of prescription errors in West Virginia. Some mistakes occur because of a simple miscommunication between a doctor and pharmacist, or a pharmacist and patient. Regardless of how the error occurred, the consequences can be painful, or even deadly.

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