Common Adverse Consequences of Medication Errors

  • Wrongful death
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Stroke
  • Nerve damage
  • Heart attack
  • Blindness or Hearing Loss
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Hemorrhage
  • Incontinence
  • Paralysis
  • Movement disorders
  • Stevens Johnson Syndrome
  • Infection

Medication errors are mistakes that occur during prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administering or monitoring a drug. Common examples of medication errors include misreading or miswriting the prescription. While medical errors are usually a preventable series of events, when an error occurs, resulting in an injury or a health issue, it is referred to as an ‘adverse drug effect’ (ADE).

About 25 percent of Adverse Drug Effect is a result of medication errors.

Medication is supposed to cure contagious diseases, prevent problems caused by chronic diseases, and most important, ease pain. But medicines can also cause harmful effect if not used properly. Remember errors can occur in the hospital, at your doctor's office, your pharmacy, or simply in your own home. You can help prevent these errors by following these simple steps:

  • Knowing your medicines. Keep a list of the names of your medicines, how much you take, and when you take them. Include over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements and herbs. Take this list to all your doctor visits.
  • Reading medicine labels and following the directions. Don't take medications prescribed for someone else, especially if this individual is not in a medical professional.
  • Asking questions. If you don't know the answers to these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist :
  1. Why am I taking this medicine?
  2. What are the common problems to watch out for?
  3. What should I do if they occur?
  4. When should I stop this medicine?
  5. Can I take this medicine with the other medicines on my list?

Over a million people are injured annually as a result of wrongly prescribed, dispensed, or administered medications. Speaking to your doctor about any possible complications is imperative and avoids any further health complication. It is also very important that you take personal responsibility and learn as much as you can about the medications that you are using. You should also pay close attention to how any prescribed medications maybe affecting your body, your mood, whether it’s a positive or negative reaction. Remember to ask all your questions when speaking with your doctor or pharmacist in order to clear up any misunderstandings.

However, if you or a family member has suffered harm as a result of medication errors it is imperative to bring this incident to the relevant authorities. At the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq., we believe that holding negligent pharmacies and negligent medical professional accountable for the harm that they cause protects the consumers in the long run.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone poor maintenance and negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for:
  • Medical & Hospitalization Bills
  • Cost of Medication
  • Specialized Testing due to Injury
  • Doctors’ follow-up visits
  • Property Damages
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Future Loss of Earnings
  • Emotional Pain & Suffering
With the help of a dedicated New York Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq, we will determine whether your personal injury case has merit.


Our personal injury lawyers’ work on a contingency basis so you only pay a fee if we recover money for you. Contact our experienced Attorneys today at the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq., for a free consultation at 718-839-6885.


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