Fort Lauderdale Pharmacy Error Lawyers
Medication errors are more common than most patients might expect. In fact, miscommunication between pharmacies and physicians is fairly common. With thousands of prescriptions going through a single pharmacy in Fort Lauderdale, there is a significant margin of error. Most of the time, pharmacists and physicians see the issue and repair the problem. Proper care and attention to detail from staff members can minimize the risk of making mistakes. Unfortunately, not every pharmacy operates according to accepted industry standards. Medication errors at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, or other local pharmacies may result in a lawsuit.
Pharmacy Errors and Negligence
“Pharmacy errors” can describe a range of mistakes on the pharmacy’s part that result in injury or death to the customer. Errors can occur at the pharmacy itself, if a pharmacist incorrectly reads a prescription or fills it with the wrong drug. Errors can also happen farther up the line, at the pharmaceutical manufacturer. In the event that a pharmacy’s error injured you or killed a loved one, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. You need four main elements to bring this type of suit in Florida:
- The pharmacy or other entity owed you a duty of care. Pharmacists and physicians owe you different duties based on their job descriptions. You must show that the defendant owed you a duty of care in some professional capacity.
- The defendant breached this duty. You must prove there was a breach of duty or act of negligence. For example, the pharmacy may have failed to warn you of potential side effects, or there was a dispensing error.
- The breach of duty caused your injury or illness. There must be a causal link between the defendant’s breach of duty and your harms. You may have to show that you took the medication as prescribed to avoid comparative negligence. A medical expert’s testimony can help with this element.
- You suffered real damages because of the error. If the pharmacy’s mistake didn’t cause you any harm, you have no reason to sue. You must have suffered physical pain, emotional suffering, injury, illness, worsened prognosis, or some other harm to file a claim. The damages must be compensable under law.
Giving patients the wrong medication or dosage can be fatal. Florida patients in the past have died because of mistakes made by drug manufacturers, physicians, and pharmacies. What’s most devastating about these cases is how preventable they are. An experienced group of attorneys can make the legal process regarding these cases easier on injured patients. Jason and Debi Chalik will personally handle these types of claims on behalf of clients, with the goal of maximizing compensation for damages.
Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Team Today
Don’t wait to pursue compensation for a harmful pharmacy error. Speak to our pharmacy error attorneys at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik in the Fort Lauderdale area about your options after a negative or injurious experience with an incompetent or careless pharmacy. Our Fort Lauderdale lawyers will listen to your story and give you our honest professional opinion about the merits of your case as a medical malpractice claim in Fort Lauderdale. You may be eligible for significant compensation.