United States Medication and Drug Error Attorneys

U.S. Pharmaceutical Mistakes Attorneys

Lawyers in the U.S. for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Mistakes

According to estimates from the federal government, approximately 1.5 million people are harmed by medication errors in the United States each year. The physical consequences of medication mistakes can be severe and even life-threatening. However, such errors are even more disappointing and tragic when you realize that mistakes related to drugs and pharmaceuticals are nearly always preventable.

The attorneys who are part of the Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyers directory are fully aware of the dangers of medication errors. Negligence or carelessness on the part of a physician, nurse, pharmacist, pharmacy technician, or any other medical staff member can lead to medication mistakes that cause severe injuries, illnesses, or death. When this happens, the negligent individual—and possibly the entity that employs the individual—should be held fully accountable. If you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of a pharmaceutical error, contact a top attorney near you for help in taking the next steps.

Medical Staff Medication Mistakes

There are numerous ways in which medication mistakes can happen, and they begin with a person's first interactions with his or her physician. Presuming that the doctor accurately diagnosed the person's condition, the physician could be considered negligent for:

  • Prescribing the incorrect medication for the given condition
  • Prescribing dosages that are too high or recommending the patient take the drug too often
  • Not taking the patient's medical history into consideration, including allergies and possible interactions with other drugs the patient has been prescribed
  • Prescribing the off-label use of a medication

"Off-label" use of a medication means that the drug has been formally approved—usually by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—for the treatment of a specific condition but is being prescribed to treat another condition for which the drug has not been approved. Prescribing medication for off-label use is very dangerous and could lead to serious and unexpected side effects.

In most clinics and doctors' offices, nurses and other staff members commonly call prescriptions in or use online tools to transmit the doctor's orders to the patient's pharmacy of choice. Communication breakdowns between doctors and nurses or between the nurses and the pharmacy could lead to the patient being given an incorrect medication.

Medication Mistakes at the Pharmacy

While doctors and medical staff members are responsible for a large percentage of medication mistakes, those who work at the pharmacy, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, can make errors due to negligence or carelessness as well. Depending on the situation, the pharmacy may be held liable for a variety of mistakes, including but not limited to:

  • Reading the prescription form incorrectly
  • Dispensing a drug with a "sound-alike" name instead of prescribed medication
  • Dispensing a generic medication against the prescriber's recommendation of a particular brand name
  • Dispensing the right medication but the wrong strength or dosage
  • Mislabeling bottles or bags with the wrong patient's name
  • Identification mistakes at pickup, leading to a person getting an incorrect medication

Building Your Case

Recovering compensation for injuries caused by a medication mistake will require you to show that a doctor, nurse, or pharmacy employee acted negligently or provided substandard care. With this in mind, it is important to work with an attorney who will carefully investigate the details of your case to figure out how the mistake happened, who made it, and which party or parties may be held liable. Your case may also require the help of qualified medical experts, including pharmacists and physicians, whose testimony could be crucial in proving that negligence was a factor. Your lawyer must also be willing to stand up to physicians' groups, large pharmacy companies, and their insurers, even if it means going to trial to get you the compensation to which law says you are entitled.

Call a Top Medication Error Lawyer

If you or a member of your family has suffered any type of injury caused by a medication error, contact a Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyer near you to discuss your available options. Many top attorneys offer free introductory consultations, and some only charge legal fees if you recover damages. Call and schedule an appointment today.

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