Taking the right type and amount of medication is critical to maintaining or improving your health. Unfortunately, if a pharmacist makes a mistake with your prescription, you could feel the consequences for years.
Our Marion pharmacy errors lawyer can help you hold liable pharmacists accountable. Sometimes, we can even file a lawsuit against the pharmacy, not just the individual pharmacist.
When and How to Sue for Pharmacy Errors
A pharmacy error is a type of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional:
- Does not fulfill their duty toward a patient by providing common-sense care that any reasonable professional in their position would provide.
- Causes a condition to worsen or a new condition to arise by not treating a patient’s prescription with proper care.
- Causes unnecessary suffering through their negligence.
A pharmacy error may constitute medical malpractice in your case if the pharmacist:
- Gave you the wrong medication.
- Printed incorrect instructions on the label (e.g., they told you to take four pills a day instead of two).
- Failed to include all instructions and warnings on the label.
- Gave you a medication that reacts badly with another medication you take.
If you suspect that you were the victim of a pharmacy error, it is in your best interest to get in touch with a doctor or, if necessary, call 911 immediately. A doctor can help you manage adverse symptoms and prescribe the proper medication.
Legal Options for Medical Malpractice Due to a Pharmacy Error
Once you are safe, you can call our firm to discuss legal options. The Fitch Law Firm LLC can take these steps to help you file a case against a negligent pharmacist:
- Traveling to see you and discuss your case if you cannot visit our offices.
- Finding sufficient evidence to prove medical malpractice.
- Calculating the value of your injuries to ensure you ask for enough money to cover all your losses.
- Contacting the at-fault party’s insurance company to negotiate an appropriate settlement.
- Representing you at all meetings—whether over the phone or in person—with other involved parties.
- Preparing to take your case to court if we cannot secure adequate compensation through settlement negotiations.
To start the process, we can evaluate your case over the phone at no charge. Then, we remain in frequent contact throughout your case. Thus, you’ll have plenty of chances to ask questions and receive updates about your claim’s progress.
Pharmacy Errors Could Entitle You to Damages
The money you pursue in a lawsuit goes by several names—compensation, damages, and losses. All these terms refer to the same thing: the money you deserve to collect from the liable pharmacist.
Below are a few types of damages that we commonly pursue in pharmacy error cases. You may qualify for some or all these damages. After our Marion pharmacy errors attorney evaluates your case, we can tell you for sure what you can claim.
A pharmacy error can make you extremely ill, even requiring hospitalization in some cases. You might need to see a doctor and receive treatment for your condition. The negligent pharmacist or pharmacy should pay for those bills, not you.
Loss of Income
If your symptoms are severe enough, you might require intensive medical care, resulting in missing work for days or weeks. In addition, if the error has caused permanent health issues, you might never be able to earn as much as you did before.
Your family relies on the income you bring in from your job. As part of your lawsuit, we can seek reimbursement for any wages or job benefits you have lost.
Pain and Suffering
Symptoms of a medication error can vary widely, depending on what kind of medicine was involved and how egregious the mistake was.
Regardless of how you have suffered, you never should have experienced any adverse symptoms. You deserve compensation for the unnecessary physical and emotional anguish you have endured.
Fatal Pharmacy Errors and Your Case
Unfortunately, thousands of people die from medication-related mistakes every year. If your loved one was among them, we are sorry for your loss. Your loved one should still be with you, and you can file a wrongful death case to seek compensation for the following damages:
- Funeral costs and other end-of-life expenses
- Loss of society or companionship
- Loss of financial support
Did your loved one initiate legal action prior to their death? If so, you can pursue any compensation they did not receive for their medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Otherwise, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the at-fault pharmacist accountable. The Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you better understand your options so you can file your case with minimal stress while you grieve the loss of your family member.
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How Common Are Pharmacy Errors?
A report from StatPearls says medication errors cause up to 9,000 deaths in the United States annually. It is probable that many more people experience a medication error but do not report it because:
- The error did not hurt them.
- The harm caused by the error was minimal.
- They were unaware of the error.
- They did not have the time or resources to report the error or pursue legal action.
Medical costs associated with medication errors reach over $40 billion every year. Unfortunately, pharmacy errors are a widespread and expensive problem nationwide.
Let Our Pharmacy Errors Lawyers Represent You
Pharmacists are only human and are bound to make mistakes. However, when those mistakes affect your health, you deserve compensation. The Fitch Law Firm LLC can fight for the compensation you need to make your life easier after you or a family member were the victim of medical malpractice.
Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how our Marion pharmacy errors lawyer can assist you. We’ll fight for the money your family deserves. With our help, you can ensure negligent pharmacists do not get away with hurting patients.
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