Fayetteville Pharmaceutical Errors Attorney

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Doctors issue millions of prescriptions every year, each one with the potential to help the patient. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical errors occur all too frequently. In some cases, doctors negligently prescribe and administer prescriptions, and in other cases, pharmacists negligently fill prescriptions. Pharmaceutical errors can result in devastating injuries or even wrongful death.

Recover Compensation for Lost Wages, Medical Bills, Pain, and Suffering

If you suspect that a prescription error has caused you or your loved one a serious injury, you may have a claim for compensation. We recommend discussing your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. At Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC, we have the experience necessary to investigate and litigate pharmaceutical errors that result in serious injuries. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about your rights.

Common Types of Prescription and Pharmaceutical Errors

Some of the most common medical errors that happen are pharmaceutical errors. When doctors, nurses, or pharmacists do not use reasonable care when prescribing and administering medication, patients can suffer long-term injuries and disability. Some errors happen during the prescription process. A doctor may fail to assess the benefits and risks associated with the drug adequately. 

The doctor may fail to obtain the patient’s informed consent or prescribe the wrong dosage or type of medication, exposing a patient to dangerous side effects. Other patients become injured when a doctor prescribes off-label uses for the medication. Patients who take multiple prescription medications are especially at risk for one prescription negatively interacting with another drug. Other types of prescription errors include the following:

  • Mislabeling medication
  • Failure to provide prescription medication instruction
  • Emergency room medication errors
  • Nursing home or rehabilitation center medication error
  • Pharmacists prescribe the right medication, but the wrong frequency or dosage
  • Pharmacists failing to catch the prescribing doctor’s mistake 
  • Pharmacists giving patients the incorrect instructions for taking the medication
  • Failure of the prescriber to account for dangerous drug interactions
  • Incorrect dosage
  • Providing medication to the wrong patient 
  • Failure to adequately monitor the drug’s effect on a patient
  • Doctors failing to carefully evaluate the need, risk, and effect of a narcotic medication
  • Failure to properly train or supervise those administering prescription medication

Injuries Caused By Medication Errors

When a pharmaceutical error occurs, innocent patients suffer. They may see their medical condition worsen because they aren’t receiving the correct type or dosage of medication. They experienced dangerous side effects from taking the wrong medication in other cases. 

When a dose is too high, the patient can experience dangerous symptoms. Once the pharmaceutical area has been discovered, the patient may need more extensive medical treatment, increasing their medical costs. In severe cases, pharmaceutical errors can cause fatal complications, resulting in the patient’s death.

Pursuing a Pharmaceutical Errors Medical Malpractice Case

To recover compensation for a pharmaceutical injury, the patient must prove that the medical professional’s negligence caused their injuries. Some pharmaceutical errors are caused by one person’s negligence, such as a distracted or fatigued medical doctor. In other medical malpractice cases, pharmaceutical errors can result from multiple system failures in a pharmacy or hospital.

Proving liability in medical malpractice cases can be challenging. The attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC have the resources and experience necessary to investigate your case thoroughly. We will immediately begin gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses when you work with us. In West Virginia, plaintiffs can recover damages for the following:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering

When a prescription error results in a person’s death, surviving family members can pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. In wrongful death cases, family members can pursue funeral expenses, medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for the pain and suffering.

How Much Is My Case Worth?

Obtaining damages can be difficult because of the pharmaceutical injury’s strength and protecting their interests. Reaching out to an attorney can help you understand the estimated value of your case. At Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC, we will carefully evaluate all of your incurred expenses because of the pharmaceutical error. Typically, the more severe and long-term the injury, the more damages available in your case. Medical malpractice insurance companies are notorious for offering victims settlements that are far too low. If you accept a settlement amount that is too low, you may not be able to recover your damages completely. Additionally, if the damage amount is too high, the judge or jury may dismiss your case. Working with our law firm will significantly improve your chance of recovering damages.

We Will Thoroughly Investigate Your Pharmaceutical Errors Case 

After reviewing your medical records, examining the medical equipment and medication involved, and interviewing witnesses, we can help you understand the actual value of your claim and begin fighting for the right to compensation. At Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC, we frequently work with medical experts who can analyze the cause of your injuries and provide testimony in your case.

Proving Liability in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Pharmaceutical errors can have devastating consequences, both medically, financially, and emotionally. To recover financial compensation after a pharmaceutical injury, you must prove that the doctor or pharmacist’s mistake was preventable. You will also need to prove that their error caused your injury. Patients who become injured due to pharmaceutical errors may be able to bring a case against the hospital where the injury occurred, especially if the hospital administration made a mistake in the paperwork or dispensing of medication.

We Hold Doctors and Pharmacists Accountable for Medication Errors

Regardless of how busy a doctor or pharmacist is, there is no excuse for making dangerous pharmaceutical errors. If your loved one has been seriously injured because of a doctor or pharmacist’s negligence, you may have a claim for compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. You only have a limited amount of time to pursue damages. Reach out to one of the experienced attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC today to schedule your free consultation with a skilled medical malpractice attorney.