The Dangers of Medical Negligence involving Pharmacists By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on January 15, 2015

Female holding out a bottle of prescription medicationWhen people go to a doctor, they are expecting to receive treatment for an ailment, illness, or medical condition. Unfortunately, from the moment medical treatment begins, there are many chances for errors or medical negligence to occur. Sadly, medical malpractice cases have devastating and possibly fatal results for patients. This is especially true in cases involving prescription medication errors. There are far too many cases in which patients are prescribed too much medication, the wrong medication, or a potentially lethal combination of medication. Even if the doctor does not make one of these errors, a patient is as risk if a pharmacist makes a mistake. Attorney Norm Younker and his team have represented many cases in Utah involving medical negligence and pharmacists mislabeling or mishandling medication.

Medication Errors and Pharmacists

When a doctor prescribes a patient medication(s), it goes to a pharmacist, whose responsibility it is to collect the correct quantity and dosage of that prescription, label the prescription, and provide patients with instructions regarding medication usage. These are important tasks that should only be left to those who have been properly educated and trained. If a prescription is misread, if the wrong medication is pulled, or if the medication is mislabeled with either the wrong name of the medication or the wrong name of the patient, serious and life-changing consequences can occur. Some of the consequences of medication errors include the following:

  • Failure of treatment
  • Illness
  • Overdose
  • Medication addiction
  • Death

Exploring Legal Options in Cases of Medical Malpractice

If a patient suffers from the harmful effects of medical malpractice involving errors with medication, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. In most cases of medical malpractice, a complaint must be filed within two years of the incident. Attorney Norm Younker and his team of medical malpractice lawyers combine the expertise and experience of a large law firm with a personal level of care and dedication for each of our clients. We can examine the details of a case involving medication errors to determine where the error took place and with whom the fault of the error lies. We will then help patients to explore their legal options, which will include seeking financial compensation for damages suffered as the result of medication errors. The results of these errors can be life-altering and long-lasting, so it is important to our attorneys that we fight for ample and just compensation for our clients. This may include financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and a decrease in quality of life.

Schedule a Consultation

When dealing with medical malpractice cases, it is important to have a team of experienced attorneys at your side. Attorney Norm Younker and his team are experienced in the field of medical malpractice and care greatly for the well-being of our clients. If you or a loved one have suffered due to a medical error on behalf of a doctor or pharmacist, schedule a consultation as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case and learn your legal options. We look forward to meeting with you.

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