Fort Lauderdale Medication Error Attorneys Advocating for Clients Injured by Pharmacy Negligence
Protecting the rights of South Florida victims of injury from medication errors in the pharmacy
Pharmacy negligence is not something that most consumers are aware of or worry about. After your visit to the doctor, you stop by your neighborhood pharmacy with prescription in hand and give it to the pharmacist behind the counter. You probably don’t stand there worrying if they will get it right and dispense the correct drug in the appropriate dosage. You simply trust that the pharmacist knows what he or she is doing, and that when you take your medication home it is all correct. This is true until the pharmacist makes a mistake and you or a loved one suffers harm because of pharmacy negligence.
At Yeboah Law Group our Fort Lauderdale medication error attorneys hold pharmacists in Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida accountable for their negligent actions or their failure to act that causes injury to our clients. We investigate your case, determine who is at fault and hold the responsible parties liable for your injuries.
Examples of pharmacy negligence
There are many different forms of error and negligence that can occur behind the pharmacy counter. In a 10-year study of closed claims with a pharmacy group insurance underwriter, study authors found that 75.3% of closed claims for pharmacy errors arose from patients receiving the wrong drug (43.8%) or the wrong does of the correct drug (31.5%). Between 2002 and 2011, overdose occurred 13.6% of the time and 11.7% resulted in fatalities. Some examples of pharmacy negligence include:
- Patients can be given the prescription for another customer with a similar name
- Two medications with similar sounding names can be mixed up
- Improper compounding of a medication
- Dispensing the wrong dose of the right medication
- Wrong medication
- Failure to monitor dangerous drug interactions
- Incorrect dosing instructions
- Failure to adequately counsel patients
What is required to prove pharmacy negligence?
Pharmacists are professionals who are trained to do the precise and important work of filling prescriptions as requested by your doctor. In a case of pharmacy malpractice, as the plaintiff you would carry the burden of proving the following:
- The pharmacist owed you a duty of care as a customer
- That their actions breached their duty of care
- The breach caused your injury
- Damages resulted from your injury
Damages from a pharmacy negligence lawsuit
In cases where a person was given the wrong medication and it caused a delay in treatment and a progression of their disease, or in extreme cases when dosing of a medication was wrong and caused the patient to die, a lawsuit cannot redeem the time lost or the loved one that was lost. A lawsuit can, however, hold the negligent party responsible for their actions and serve to force a change in procedures so that the same type of mistake does not occur again.
Compensation for an injury from a pharmacy error includes compensation for lost wages, additional medical expenses, disability, pain and suffering. In cases of a patient’s death, surviving loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death action with punitive damages where appropriate.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to pharmacy negligence, the trusted Fort Lauderdale medication error lawyers near you at Yeboah Law Group are here to help. There is no need to worry about how to pay for an attorney to represent you because we accept cases on contingency. So, you only pay legal fees when we win compensation for you.
Contact a skilled South Florida medication error lawyer today
If you have suffered an injury at the hands of a doctor or any other medical professional, but you are not sure if it’s medical malpractice, the attorneys of Yeboah Law Group are here to help you sort that out. You are welcome to contact us today for reliable guidance and a commitment to your case. You can call us at 954-764-2338 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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