When is a Pharmacy Liable for a Medication Error?
Getting a prescription filled at a pharmacy is something most people do dozens if not hundreds of times in their life. Pharmacists have the critical responsibility of reading doctors’ prescriptions and providing the correct mediation to patients. Although rigorous regulations are designed to prevent mistakes, medication errors do sometimes occur. If you or a loved one were given the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of medication, or you were otherwise the victim of a pharmacy-related medication mistake, the pharmacy may be liable for damages. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and more.
Pharmacists and Other Pharmacy Staff Are Held to High Standards
Pharmacy workers must follow specific procedures and policies when dispensing medications. However, issues like staffing shortages, misinterpretation of a prescription, misunderstanding a doctor’s directions, and inattention to detail can lead to mistakes. Some of the most common pharmacy errors include:
- Dispensing the wrong medication, such as a “sound-alike” medication
- Dispensing the wrong dosage of medication
- Failing to warn patients about medication side effects
- Failing to account for patient allergies
- Failing to consider possible drug interactions with the patient’s other medications
Individuals Injured by Medication Errors May Be Entitled to Financial Compensation
To bring a valid medical malpractice claim against the pharmacy, you must show that a pharmacy’s substandard care led to some type of harm or “injury.” You must also have sustained damages because of your injuries. When pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, or other staff make medication-related errors, the results can be disastrous. While many medication mistakes go unnoticed or the patient catches the mistake before consuming the mediation, some medication-related errors result in considerable patient harm. The patient may experience new medical problems because of the mistake or the patient’s existing medical conditions may become worsened. This may lead to considerable medical costs as well as financial losses caused by missed work. Through a pharmacy malpractice claim, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses incurred by your injury. You may also be able to recover compensation for your non-financial damages including your pain and suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, and disability.
Contact an Illinois Medication Mistake Lawyer
If you or a loved one were harmed by a medication-related mistake, contact a Glen Ellyn pharmacy malpractice attorney from Schwartz Injury Law. Our team can investigate the mistake, calculate your damages, and fight for financial compensation on your behalf. Call our office at 630-273-7330 today for a free consultation.