Negligence is defined as a failure to exercise the degree of care which a person of ordinary prudence would exercise under the same circumstances. As you may expect, pharmacy negligence occurs when a pharmacist who is dispensing drugs makes a mistake or omission due to careless operation or procedure.
According to a recent national report prepared by the National Academy of Medicine. Each year, in the United States alone, 7,000 to 9,000 people die as a result of a medication error. Hundreds of thousands of other patients experience but often do not report an adverse effect or other medication complications. Most of these deaths would have been preventable.
When pharmacists make prescription drug errors, patients are likely to suffer serious injuries, and sometimes death. Our experienced Medical Negligence Attorneys in Kansas City can review your case with you and help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
Common Pharmaceutical Errors
When writing your prescription, several mistakes can occur, including:
- Prescribing the incorrect medications.
- Dispensing the incorrect medications.
- Dispensing the incorrect medication dosage.
- Mixing up the medications.
- Not giving you instructions, omitting warnings, or giving you the wrong ones.
- Not asking you if you are allergic.
There can be multiple reasons why these errors occur:
- Fatigue and exhaustion of the staff.
- Lack of training and/or experience.
- Poor internal communication.
- Incorrect labeling of medications.
Common Injuries that Occur as a Result of Prescription Drug Errors
Even though drugs in the United States must be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), pharmaceutical companies often release drugs to the market before the side effects are fully known. Some of the most common injuries and damages that can result from prescription drug errors include the following:
- Heart attacks and strokes.
- Brain and cardiovascular injuries.
- Organ damage and organ failure.
- Increased blood pressure.
- Urinary Incontinence.
- Wrongful death.
Claiming compensation for medication errors.
Compensation often depends on the injuries and complications suffered from pharmaceutical malpractice. Some patients require the parties involved to acknowledge their wrongs and put preventive measures to ensure it does not happen again.
If you or a family member have been injured because of a prescription drug error, you may be entitled to compensation under the Medical Liability/Medical Malpractice Law. Our skilled Medical Negligence Attorneys in Kansas City will assist you in maximizing Pain and suffering compensation.