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Pharmacy Errors

Nobody likes to admit that they made a mistake, least of all people and entities that are supposed to be in the business of helping others. Pharmacy error and other health care negligence cases are often vigorously contested, with defendants pointing the finger anywhere except at themselves.

Prescription Drug Attorneys Representing Stuart Residents

Drug stores and pharmacies misfill prescriptions and commit other errors with alarming frequency. Very serious harm and even death may result from these preventable mistakes. If you have been affected by a pharmacy error or have lost a loved one due to a pharmacist’s carelessness in filling a prescription, you should talk to a Stuart injury attorney about your right to pursue financial compensation for what you have been through. The Stuart pharmacy error lawyers at Donaldson & Weston assist people in many areas of South Florida and will be glad to review your matter for no charge.

Pursuing Compensation for a Pharmacy Error

When a pharmacy error happens, a patient does not receive the medication that their doctor prescribed. Instead, the patient may receive a higher or lower dose or a different drug altogether. In addition, pharmacists may fail to note a potentially dangerous drug interaction when a patient is taking multiple medications, perhaps prescribed by different doctors for separate conditions. A pharmacist may also fail to warn a patient about possible side effects of a certain medicine. Pharmacy errors may occur due to carelessness in the communication of the prescription from the physician, due to lack of proper attention to product labeling, or due to mistakes in the compounding, dispensing, or distribution process.

A person who takes an inappropriate dose of their prescribed medication or who takes a medicine other than what was ordered by their doctor may suffer potentially life-threatening complications. If they are able to prove that the pharmacist was negligent, which means that the pharmacist or others working alongside them failed to exercise the care that a competent pharmacist would have exercised under similar circumstances, the injured person may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost earnings, and the costs of medical care necessitated by the harm caused by the error.

In wrongful death cases, a patient’s family may assert claims for the medical, funeral, and burial costs of the victim, as well as claims for the family’s own loss of consortium and companionship with the victim. The victim’s estate may receive compensation for the lost net earnings of the victim. In some cases, there may also be related claims, such as medical malpractice or product liability, which could afford the victim or family further relief. Because of this, it is important that a family affected by a pharmaceutical mistake contact a Stuart pharmacy error attorney who can help them explore all of the possible legal theories and identify each defendant who may be held liable.