Pharmacy Negligence Attorney in Santa Clarita
Representing Victims of Medication Mistakes in Los Angeles County
Pharmacy negligence is a subcategory of medical malpractice cases and falls under the same specific rules and laws governing medical malpractice cases. Therefore, as in medical malpractice cases, if a pharmacist is negligent, the defendants must consent to settle. The damages for pain and suffering are capped at $250,000 and other damages are restricted, which makes these cases more difficult than your typical case for personal injuries, such as a car accident.
Types of Pharmacy Negligence
On the other hand, pharmacy negligence cases are easier to prove, for the most part, than other medical malpractice cases. There are two very common ways that pharmacists are negligent. The first way is providing the wrong medication, not in conformity with the physician’s prescription. Obviously, taking the wrong medication for any illness or condition can be very dangerous and, in many cases, patients wind up hospitalized from taking the wrong medication.
The other common pharmacy negligence is filling a prescription with the wrong dosage of the correct medication. For instance, a physician may prescribe 50mg of a certain medication, and the pharmacy fills the prescription with 500mg. This obviously creates an overdose in the medication, especially when the medication is required to be taken several times per day or multiple pills are to be taken at the same time. As a result, an overdose can be severely dangerous and even cause death.
Proving Negligence in Cases of Medication Errors
It is always important for the victim to retain possession of the actual medication, pill bottles, and paperwork received from the pharmacy. Securing a copy of the prescription itself and/or the physician’s records will assist us in determining whether negligence was committed.
Careful timelines of onset of illness and its progression are also vital to this type of case. Document as much as possible to help assist us with your case. Don't take matters into your own hands; trust the Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant to be on your side.
Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant at 661-222-9929
if you or a loved one has suffered a pharmacy negligence in Santa Clarita or elsewhere in Los Angeles County. Our personal injury lawyer can help.