Prescription Fill Errors
Prescription Drug Fill Mistake In Florida
If you received the wrong medication or dosage in Florida and had any injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including any medical expenses and pain and suffering you had. Contact a Florida personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin now to find out if you are entitled to compensation for a Florida prescription error claim at 800-337-7755.
When a Florida pharmacist makes an error, it can be fatal or cause significant injuries. If you were injured as a result of pharmacist negligence, call us today for a free consultation. Claims may include when a pharmacist prescribes the wrong dosage, when a pharmacy gives the wrong medication, or where the pharmacist fails to help someone in an emergency. Claims can be made for drug errors at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Publix, and many other national and local pharmacies. Our Florida pharmacist liability attorneys can investigate and pursue your prescription mistake claim in Florida.
What Happens When a Pharmacist Gives the Wrong Medication?
When you get a prescription from your doctor and you take it to the pharmacy to get it filled, you trust in the professionalism of the pharmacists and technicians to give you the medicines your doctor believes you need. But, sometimes mistakes are made at the pharmacy. The wrong medication entirely may be put in the bottle the pharmacist hands you. You may get the right medicine, but with the wrong dosages. You may even get a medicine you are allergic to. Mistakes in the medication you receive from the pharmacist can have horrible side effects, and even lead to death.
As patients, we trust medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists to provide the medication that we need. Unfortunately, this is not always so. The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy reports that medication errors affect approximately 1.5 million individuals across the country each year. These errors can occur at any stage of the healthcare process. When a patient receives the incorrect dosage or is harmed as a result of adverse side effects from medication, it is very common for serious and even deadly medical conditions to occur. If an individual has been harmed as a result of medication error, they should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney.
What are your rights if you received the wrong medication?
If you or your loved one has become sick, injured, or even died, as the result of a pharmacist’s mistake you may have a right to damages. You can make a legal claim against a pharmacist and a pharmacy to recover monetary damages.
Your damages may be for past and future medical costs, compensation for loss of income, pain and suffering, damages for permanent disability, and many other circumstances. One way the law has to compensate you for your injuries and suffering is through money.
The law requires that pharmacists perform their duties with a professional standard of care. This includes verifying the dosages and drugs given to patients. There are also many tasks that pharmacists alone can do and that they cannot delegate to a pharmacy technician. If a pharmacist or other pharmacy employee has been careless or negligent in the way they performed their duties, and you have been injured because of that negligence, you have a right to be compensated through civil damages.
What Kind of Injuries Can Lead to Damages?
There are a variety of injuries that can happen when you are not given the right medication or when you are given the wrong dosage. Injuries and illness such as fevers, vomiting, and dizziness often occur. If these are the extent of your injuries you may still have a right to civil damages.
Some people suffer much more severe injuries because of the mistakes at their pharmacy. You may have had a heart attack, stroke, paralysis, anaphylactic shock, rapid weight loss or gain, blurred vision, loss of vision or hearing, and in extreme cases, even death. The more serious your injury, the larger the monetary judgment you are often legally entitled to.
It is not always clear when someone has had an injury as a result of a mistake at the pharmacy. Patients usually cannot tell by the look of a pill if it is the right medicine or not. But, every year it is estimated that over a million people are injured by medical mistakes. If you have any strange side effects after taking a prescription medicine it is important to seek medical help right away. This can prevent you from getting worse and may be the only way to identify the mistake at the pharmacy as the cause of the problem.
Regardless of how minor or how serious an injury you have, if you have been harmed because of a medical mistake, you may have a right to recover your damages. You may only have a short period of time to bring a claim for damages. Call a pharmacy negligence attorney representing victims of pharmacy mistakes right away at 800-337-7755.
What Constitutes a Prescription Error?
The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention defines a prescription error as any preventable error that can cause inappropriate medication usage or harm to a patient while the medication is in the control of a medical professional. This means that prescription errors can occur as a result of professionals without adequate training, improper dosage, incorrect prescription procedures, incorrect order communication, improper labeling or packing, or incorrect dispensing.
Common Prescription Errors
Medication errors can occur during any phase of the healthcare process. Some of the most common types of prescription errors include the following:
● Deadly effects caused by interaction with other medication the patient takes. There are a number of cases where the medication would have been fine if it had been prescribed alone, but prescribed in conjunction with another drug, the prescription has deadly or serious side effects. The best way that patients can avoid this error is to read package inserts. While some medical professionals have programs designed to prevent these errors, they do not always work appropriately.
● Failure to administer the appropriate dosage of a medication. Some medications can be particularly helpful if the proper dosage is taken. Unfortunately, sometimes patients are prescribed far too much of a medication, which has deadly or life-changing consequences.
● Incorrect communication between the prescriber and medical staff. It is vital that staff adequately communicates the amount and type of medication that a patient requires.
● Medications that do not match a patient’s condition. Some patients are given the wrong medication by medical professionals or pharmacies as a result of a prescription filling error or other errors that occur during the prescription process.
● Poorly educated patients. Some patients are not instructed about how to properly take medication. As a result, the medication does not work or sometimes the medication has adverse side effects.
While some medications do not cause any harm to the patients, others have the potential to cause the patient serious harm, or even to kill the patient. Given these potential complications, even a small prescription error has the potential to have life-changing results.
Speak with an Experienced Medication Error Attorney
When medication errors occur, you or someone you love can be very seriously injured or even killed. As a result, it is often a wise idea for the victims of these errors to quickly obtain the assistance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Jason Turchin today to schedule an initial free consultation.
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