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What to Know About Medical Negligence and Medication Errors

By Jose Ceja
Managing Attorney

We go to see the doctor when we don’t feel well. When something is wrong, we are often prescribed medication to take that can help to control diseases or can make you feel better sooner. However, this doesn’t always occur. In fact, sometimes medication can have negative effects – especially when errors are made. 

Medication errors are just one type of medical negligence that impacts Texans every year. In fact, medication errors account for a large portion of annual medical malpractice cases. 

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) defines a medication error as a “preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm.”

Medication Errors in the United States

The FDA receives about 100,000 reports annually related to medication errors. And according to the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Prospectives, more than seven million patients are impacted by medication errors annually. 

Medication errors can occur while inpatient or outpatient and often go undetected for a long period of time, which often makes the outcome even worse. 

What Are the Consequences of Medication Errors?

Although not everyone who is subject to a medication error will become very ill, medication errors can make pre-existing medical conditions, diseases, or other illnesses far worse. They can result in new health issues and in the most serious cases can be fatal. 

Who Can Be Held Liable for Medication Errors?

Medication errors can understandably have a big impact on the lives of those affected. Time and money is often needed following a medication error in order to help the victim. For these reasons, it’s important that you hold those who were responsible for such errors liable for your injuries. You should never have to pay for someone else’s errors. Those who may be held liable can differ greatly depending upon the facts and circumstances of each specific case. Sometimes it may be more than one party that must be held accountable. Those possibly at fault may include:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Pharmacists

The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured Due to Medical Malpractice

If you have been the victim of a medication error, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.

At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that medical errors can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Jose Ceja is the managing attorney of Ceja Law Firm. He has practiced law since 2007 and has devoted his career to the practice of criminal law. Mr. Ceja began his legal career as a felony drug prosecutor, where he prosecuted drug, gang, and violent offenses. Mr. Ceja has first or second chaired almost 100 trials, including murders, drug cases, DWIs, and assaults. In his career as a defense attorney, he has regularly obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and grand jury “no bills” in a wide variety of cases.