THE DEL HOVDEN TEAM – YOUR LONG BEACH, DOWNEY, BEVERLY HILLS, AND IRVINE LAWYERS
Del Hovden — Fighting Prescription Errors
Modern medicine is a miracle. Prescription medications provide solutions to heal, correct or otherwise just make you feel better. However, a medication error can make matters much, much worse.
The Food and Drug Administration reports that medication errors result in an estimated 7,000 deaths every single year in the U.S. As well, they are responsible for hundreds of thousands of injuries. Many of these errors go completely unnoticed however, the FDA estimates that a medication error occurs in one in every five doses given to hospital patients.
This is not a matter of counting out the wrong pills, giving the wrong dosage or even administering the wrong drug. Medication error cases are very complex. Specifically, a medication error is “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing; order communication; product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature; compounding; dispensing; distribution; administration; education; monitoring; and use.”
There are a tremendous number of errors that could harm you long term or even cause death. The Del Hovden team has represented hundreds of patients and their families throughout Southern California in cases against hospitals, pharmacies and other medical providers.
DEL HOVDEN — Success is our Practice
Del Hovden is the medical malpractice attorney who can help you with:
- Wrong medication prescribed
- Wrong medication dispensed
- Incorrect dosing information
- Miscommunication between doctors and pharmacists
- Failure to guard against harmful drug interactions
- Failure to recognize drug allergies
- Failure to provide drug consultation and explanation of possible side affects
- Mislabeled drugs
Sadly, most medication errors could have easily been prevented if medical and pharmacy staff members had simply paid attention to proper procedures and precautions. Del Hovden, encourages you to stay informed about your prescriptions.
Prescription medication use is widespread, complex, and increasingly risky. Clinicians have access to an armamentarium of more than 10,000 prescription medications, and nearly one-third of adults in the United States take 5 or more medications.
Advances in clinical therapeutics have undoubtedly resulted in major improvements in health for patients with many diseases, but these benefits have also been accompanied by increased risks.
An adverse drug event (ADE) is defined as harm experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication. ADEs account for nearly:
- 700,000 emergency department visits and
- 100,000 hospitalizations each year.
- Nearly 5% of hospitalized patients, the most common type of in-patient error
And ambulatory patients may experience ADEs at even higher rates. Transitions in care are also a well-documented source of preventable harm related to medications.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a medication error, please contact Del Hovden for a free assessment of your case.
If you believe that you have a case, Del Hovden provides a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. He can answer your legal questions and clearly explain all of your options so that you may make a decision about moving forward with legal action.
FREE CONSULTATION • WE CAN COME TO YOU • HOME OR HOSPITAL
CONTACT DEL HOVDEN, YOUR LOS ANGELES ATTORNEY
We are ready to work on your case. Call us at 877-959-6606 for a free case evaluation.
We accommodate the needs of our clients, including meeting them on evenings, weekends, at their home or in the hospital.