Pharmacy Errors Litigation
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on May 18, 2012
When most people think of medical malpractice, they probably envision a surgeon, physician, nurse, or other medical professional committing an act of negligence in a hospital setting. While many acts of medical malpractice do indeed occur in hospitals and other health care institutions, they can occur in a variety of other settings, including your neighborhood pharmacists office.
At the law firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, serving personal injury victims in and around Provo, our medical malpractice attorneys can help you pursue compensation if you or a member of your family has been harmed due to the negligence of a pharmaceutical worker. As part of the chain of care, pharmacists and their support staffs are expected to provide their services according to a certain standard of competence. When they fall below that standard and an injury or death ensues, they can be held liable for losses and expenses suffered by the victims under the law.
Our personal injury attorneys near Provo handle pharmacy errors lawsuits with skill and confidence, making sure that victims of medical malpractice receive the full measure of compensation to which they are entitled.
Common Pharmacy Errors
While most pharmaceutical professionals perform their duties with exceptional diligence, it only takes one careless error to seriously and even permanently compromise a persons health. Patients should be cautious whenever they visit a pharmacists office; by paying close attention to their doctors orders and making sure that they receive the properly prescribed medications, they can help to ensure their health and safety. However, patients should be able to expect competent service on the part of their pharmacists.
Common, and generally preventable, pharmacy errors include:
- Dosage errors - A simple misreading of a prescription can result in the incorrect dosage of a medication being administered to a patient.
- Confusing drugs with similar names - A pharmacist may hastily grab the incorrect drug from the shelf, confusing it for a drug with a similar name.
- Giving one patient medication intended for another patient
- Giving a patient the correct medication with the incorrect directions for usage
- Errors in the compounding of a medication
In some cases, pharmaceutical errors may be traced back to the prescribing physicians, who might be found to have acted negligently in prescribing an incorrect dose, prescribing a medication known to interact badly with another medication a patient is taking, or failing to provide a legible prescription. In cases of misdiagnosis, a physician may prescribe the proper medication for a certain condition, but the diagnosis of that condition in the patient was incorrect.
At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, conveniently located near Provo, our catastrophic injury attorneys conduct thorough investigations to determine who is liable for our clients injuries and take swift, decisive action against them. If you have been injured by a pharmacy error, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses and expenses resulting from your injury.
Contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC Today
If you or a member of your family has been injured due to a pharmacy error, or if you have lost someone you love due to such an error, please contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC today for an evaluation of your case.
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