Pharmacy Error Lawyer: Chicago, Illinois
Pharmacists have an essential role in patients' well-being. They fill physicians' prescriptions and keep track of all medications each patient takes to ensure that there are no potentially dangerous conflicts between different prescription drugs prescribed by different doctors.
However, when pharmacists are negligent in their duty to consumers, and an injury or fatality ensues, the pharmaceutical malpractice lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help families hold pharmacies responsible.
Did you or a loved one suffer injury due to a prescription error caused by a medical professional? If so, our personal injury attorneys have experience with pharmacy mistakes andmedical malpractice cases across Illinois and are ready to assist you with getting the answers you deserve.
Call our medical malpractice law firm toll-free at (888) 424-5757 for a free legal consultation to determine your legal options and recover compensation.
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A skilled Illinois pharmacy injury lawyer will review the evidence and your health care information and advise you of your legal rights for pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit against a negligent pharmacy to recover fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
Our law office serves families in pharmacy error lawsuits across Illinois, and we can help you with your pharmacist malpractice case at no cost to you. Call us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free legal consultation to facilitate legal action.
Like all of our personal injury and medical malpractice cases, we handle medication error cases involving pharmacies on a contingency fee basis. There is never a legal fee charged unless we successfully obtain a recovery for you.
When you hire our law firm, you can also take comfort in that our medication error lawyers are esteemed members of the legal bar. Some of our experienced attorneys have been selected as Super Lawyers and are members of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Wrong Medication Mistakes by Health Professionals
A patient's medical history and the medication they take can be critical factors in their treatment. Wrong medications dispensed can cause serious health complications.
Medical Malpractice Due to Incorrect Dosage
If a pharmacist failed to fill a prescription appropriately or made another mistake, you may have legal recourse. A patient's injury or death caused by a pharmacy error can be devastating.
Pharmacy Errors Resulting From Wrong Dose
A pharmacist must dispense medications accurately and safely. They are responsible for ensuring that a patient receives the correct medication in the right dose. Unfortunately, errors do occur, and these can have serious consequences.
Frequency of Medication Errors Made by Healthcare Professionals
About 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events occur every year in the U.S. Many of these events are attributable to errors made by pharmacists.
Pharmaceutical malpractice occurs when a pharmacist fills a prescription with the incorrect medication or incorrect dosage. The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP) defines medication errors as preventable events that lead to patient harm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 82% of Americans take at least one prescription medication and 29% take five or more for their health. Many people use these medications, frequently combining several at one time.
There's a high risk of danger when these prescription drugs are not given in the correct dosage, administered without proper care instructions, or are not the prescribed drugs at all. The FDA found that 1.3 million people are injured every year due to medication errors at pharmacies in stores, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Victims Can Schedule Free Consultations With Top Chicago Medication Error Lawyers
If you have suffered an injury related to a suspected pharmacist mistake, save the medications and packaging and contact our pharmaceutical malpractice attorneys as soon as possible.
Speak with our legal team for legal services on your pharmacy error case.
If you were injured or a loved one died of a pharmacy error, contact our Chicago personal injury attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule an initial case evaluation.
During the initial consultation, all discussions you have with our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys will remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
Pharmacy Error FAQs
Here are the answers to some common questions that our medication error lawyers are often asked. Should you have additional questions, we welcome you to contact our prescription error law firm for a free consultation.
What Is Error in Pharmacy?
Pharmacies must establish protocols to prevent a dispensing error where discrepancies occur between the doctor’s prescription and the drug delivered by the pharmacy.
A dispensing error could include giving the drug to the wrong patient, giving out the wrong medicine, giving the wrong drug strength or the wrong medication quantity at the wrong time, giving expired medicine, or other mistakes.
How Do Drug Errors Affect Patients?
Medical mistakes are part of human error but are avoidable. These errors tend to cause severe injury to the patient and possibly wrongful death.
Many patients who have experienced a severe injury due to a medication error also experience other problems, including emotional, psychological, or financial stress.
What to Do If a Medication Error Occurs?
If a pharmacy fills a prescription incorrectly, and the patient takes the drug as ordered, they may experience a significant reaction that could produce life-threatening consequences.
If the pharmacy makes errors in filling prescriptions and the patient takes the medication, call poison control to learn what to do next.
The patient might have to seek urgent care for monitoring to ensure medical attention is quickly available should they have an immediate or long-term negative response.
Do Pharmacies Make Mistakes?
Pharmacies are run by pharmacists, clerks, or others, who make purely accidental mistakes. In some cases, a pharmacist makes an error due to negligence if the pharmacy is not following established protocols to prevent mistakes.
Unfortunately, pharmacy errors happen often. The pharmacist or clerk might fail to double-check the drug against the prescription before handing the order over to the patient, nursing home, or hospital.
Where Do Most Medication Errors Occur?
A mistake involving filling or dispensing the medication can happen anywhere throughout the medical system. Many errors result from a doctor’s failure to write out a prescription precisely.
The pharmacist may fail to accurately transcribe the prescription and fill the order with the wrong drug, the wrong dosage, the wrong number of pills, or the wrong instructions.
The patient might take the drug at the wrong time, at the wrong dosage, or after the doctor has told them to stop taking the meds.
How Do You Detect Medication Errors?
Detecting an adverse medication event is often revealed through direct observation. The pharmacist may check the prescription before filling the order or give the wrong orders to the patient when picking up the drug.
Some pharmacists, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and patients voluntarily report that a medication error has occurred. In catastrophic events, the detection of a medication error might be revealed when a patient has adverse drug interactions.
How Can I Avoid a Prescription Error?
Medical experts advise that there are ways to protect yourself from a medication error. The most important thing that you can do is talk to the pharmacist. Ask the questions you need to know about your multiple prescriptions to take your medications.
Then, you should always make sure to open the bag and check it before you leave the pharmacy to ensure that it has the proper medications and dosage. Before taking the drug, examine the pills to ensure they look familiar and read the instructions.
What Is the Legal Standard in Pharmacy Mistake Cases?
Pharmacy mistake cases are considered negligent medical malpractice. The negligence claims would be judged on a negligence standard. A jury would look at what happened in your Chicago, Illinois, negligence claim and compare it to what a reasonable pharmacist in the medical profession would have done under the circumstances.
The presumption is that a reasonable pharmacist would dispense the correct dosage and give proper instructions when dispensing medication. It is a vital part of the work they are supposed to perform.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer to Get Legal Help Today
Our consultations with a medical error attorney are free. There is never a charge or fee unless we recover damages for you to pay for medical expenses and lost wages.
Contact our law firm at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation to discuss your cases with an experienced Chicago, IL, personal injury attorney today. We are proud to receive many of our current cases from satisfied clients who refer their friends and family to our law office.
Our Chicago prescription errors lawyers currently represent clients throughout the United States, Illinois, and in Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Naperville, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Wheaton, and Waukegan.
All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team about your malpractice claim remains private through an attorney-client relationship.