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Pharmacy and Medication Errors Lawyers

Recently, a report from The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies showed that medication errors affect around 1.5 million people per year. In fact, medication errors are so common that they outweigh on-the-job accidents in terms of deaths each year. Therefore, it’s about time the country took the problem seriously. As medical malpractice attorneys, we can help with your case.

Types of Pharmacy Error and Medication Errors

colorful tablets and capsules pills in blister packagine arranged in patternOver the years, we have seen many different types of pharmacy errors and medication errors. Every day, medical professionals are administering medication, prescribing medication, and dispensing medication. This leads to the following errors:

  • Incorrect Dosages - Ultimately, this problem comes in two forms because patients could receive too much medication, or they might not receive enough. When dealing with a health problem, both have the potential to cause death through an overdose or a lack of treatment.
  • Drug Interactions - These days, technology has severely reduced the number of cases where patients receive multiple drugs that shouldn’t be used together. However, it hasn’t yet reduced the number to zero. Sometimes, the system fails, and patients get drugs that shouldn’t interact leading to serious implications.
  • Wrong Medication - In some cases, the patient is given the wrong medication for their health problem. As we’ve said before, there are two issues with this because the original problem isn’t treated, and the incorrect medication can cause unnecessary side-effects. The body has to deal with the wrong medication while not receiving treatment for the actual problem.
  • Handwriting Errors - Although it sounds simple, we could eliminate a shocking number of cases with clearer handwriting from medical professionals. The pharmacy incorrectly reads the handwriting of the doctor and gives either the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. This has the potential to cause serious injury or, in more serious cases, even death.
  • Allergic Reactions - For doctors, administering medication and prescribing medication is more than just considering the health problem. Additionally, they need to think about the patient and suggest medication that deals with the problem while also avoiding damaging side-effects. If the doctor could have known or should have known about a potential allergic reaction, the patient can normally claim for compensation.
  • Name Confusions - Lastly, many medications have names that sound the same. It’s the job of the medical professional to administer the right drugs for the right patient. When this doesn’t happen, the results are damaging and harmful for the patient.

Types of Medication Error Cases

We’ve focused on the negligence of medical professionals so far in this guide, but there are other types of cases that may be more applicable to your situation.

Pharmacy - Firstly, the doctor may have done everything right only for the pharmacy to fail in its duty producing a pharmacy error. They could fulfill the prescription incorrectly or make another mistake that causes the patient to receive either the wrong medication or the wrong dosage.

Drug Manufacturer - Sometimes, problems couldn’t have been prevented by the doctor or the pharmacy because the drug itself is dangerous or defective. If a drug manufacturer allowed dangerous medication into the public neglecting patient safety, you could bring a case against them.

Class Action Lawsuit - Even after recalling dangerous drugs, this doesn’t mean that a certain number of patients haven’t already been exposed. When multiple people have lawsuits against a single drug manufacturer, they’re sometimes compiled into one class-action lawsuit. As your lawyer, we’ll look into the current class action lawsuits and consider whether your position lends itself to this option.

Pharmacy and Medication Errors Lawyers


Claiming Compensation for a Medication Error Case

When administering medication, dispensing medication, or prescribing medication, medical professionals have a tremendous responsibility. They have a responsibility to give the right medication and the right dosages to the patients who need them. When this goes wrong, you may have a case. You would need to prove the following:

  • There was a relationship between you and the medical professional. Essentially, agreements between patients and medical professionals are pivotal here. You need to have agreed to treatment, and the medical professional must have agreed to treat you.
  • There needs to have been a duty of care, which is perhaps the easiest step, and the professional must have breached this duty of care. In many cases, we will contact an expert medical witness to explain how a responsible medical professional would have acted under the same circumstances. Therefore, this shows why the professional in your case was negligent. This applies whether the case is against a medical professional, pharmacy, drug manufacturer, or another party.
  • You can only bring a case to the defendant if this breach of duty caused an injury or caused harm in some way. From here, the extent of the damage will decide how much you receive in compensation. While death cases generally generate the most compensation, there are still opportunities for smaller injuries and illnesses.

Working with Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If, after reading this, you think you have a case, we recommend getting in touch with The Injury Firm as soon as possible. In cases like this, it’s always better to act fast. Depending on the case, we will help you to recover loss of wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

Negligence comes in all forms and can also include:

  • Failure to consider a medical history
  • Mixing prescribed drugs
  • Unintentionally giving wrong dosages
  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Not warning of side-effects and risks

Given that we trust medical professionals for patient safety and help with medical issues with safe medication, it’s disconcerting to then experience harm from the very people who are supposed to protect us. If you’ve been injured or harmed due to a pharmacy or medication error, feel free to speak to our dedicated team here at The Injury Firm.

We have years of experience as medical malpractice attorneys and we help to get people back on their feet after a traumatic experience. We’ll compile evidence, contact an expert medical witness, and protect your legal rights while seeking the compensation you deserve!

The Injury Firm

1608 East Commercial Blvd. 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000


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