Pharmacist Malpractice Lawyer in Gwinnett County
Like doctors, pharmacists must exercise a certain standard of care when working with customers, and must engage in safe and cautious conduct in all aspects of the job. If a pharmacist is negligent or careless, causing injury to a patient, the pharmacist could be liable for damages – particularly if the patient suffered severe injuries or died as a result of the error. John Morrison is a pharmacist malpractice lawyer in Gwinnett County who can help you explore your options to file a claim and help you get the compensation you need.
Types of Pharmacy Errors
Pharmacists deal with a wide array of medications every day. While some prescriptions are relatively easy to fill, others require a bit more analysis and careful attention to detail. As such, pharmacy errors can occur in any of the following ways.
- Dispensing the wrong medication or misreading the doctor’s order
- Dispensing multiple medications known to cause negative interactions
- Failing to warn the customer of possible drug interactions
- Filling a prescription for a medication to which the patient has a known allergy
- Listing the wrong dosage on the bottle or package
- Failing to properly counsel the customer as to the proper usage of the drug
- Dispensing narcotics in violation of state and federal guidelines
Keep in mind that experiencing side effects from a drug does not automatically mean that a pharmacist, doctor, or other party is liable. You must establish that a party was negligent and caused your drug interaction or injuries, such as by proving one or more of the above.
Who is liable in pharmacy error cases?
The root causes of pharmacy errors are likewise as varied as the types of errors that occur. They are not always completely attributable to the individual pharmacist himself.
For instance, understaffing or extended work hours can lead to a stressful situation for the pharmacist, and thus an increased risk of making a mistake. In this scenario, an injured plaintiff may direct her cause of action toward the pharmacist’s employerfor failing to properly manage staff work schedules.
Of course, there are situations when a pharmacist is at fault. For example, if a pharmacist neglected to read or ignored the doctor’s instructions regarding the prescription and its potential interactions with other drugs, a victim may be able to hold the pharmacist liable. Even if the pharmacist were the liable party, a claimant may be able to direct his lawsuit toward the employer, under the doctrine of vicarious liability. This states that an employer is responsible for actions that its employees perform in the scope of their employment.
Doctors who prescribe the wrong medication may also be liable for medication errors. The hospital may also be liable in some cases.
Contact a Gwinnett County Pharmacy Malpractice Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered injuries after ingesting a prescription medication, and believe pharmacy error may be to blame for your injuries and damages, contact the Law Offices of John Morrison, LLC in Gwinnett County today at 770-951-8900. Let us review your case and the legal options available to you.