Florida Pharmacy Error
When prescribed correctly, prepared properly, and administered or taken as instructed, even the most powerful medications shouldn't have any unintended side effects. If there's an error at any stage of the distribution process, though, the patient can suffer serious and even life-threatening complications.
The sheer volume of medications that are available today and the frequency with which they are prescribed provide countless opportunities for devastating oversights to occur. According to WebMD, for example, more than half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug regularly. Although pharmacists have an obligation to fill prescriptions correctly and explain the properties of each drug to their customers, mistakes, omissions, and oversights can and do occur.
If you or someone in your family was the victim of a medication mistake, turn to Donaldson & Weston. We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and we can help you, too. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free consultation with a pharmacy error attorney in Florida.Damages Recoverable in Florida Medication Error Claims
Claims involving prescription drug errors are similar to other personal injury cases in that plaintiffs can recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Such losses might include:
- Medical Expenses: The settlement or verdict should cover all medical expenses you incur as a result of the error. This might include hospital bills, additional prescription medication, essential medical equipment or devices, and home care.
- Lost Earnings: Claimants who are unable to work while recovering can include lost wages in the settlement negotiations. If it turns out that they cannot return to work at all, they may also pursue compensation for loss of earning capacity and lost benefits.
- Household Services: You may need help with simple tasks like mowing the lawn, cooking, or cleaning while recovering. Childcare may also be a covered expense until your condition stabilizes.
- Pain and Suffering: Those who fall victim to a medication error may experience both physical pain and emotional distress, and they deserve to be compensated for such damages.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If the error causes complications that have long-term or permanent consequences, plaintiffs can sue for loss of enjoyment of life.
- Physical Impairment: Sometimes, medication mistakes cause issues that warrant surgery. If the surgery results in scarring, disfigurement, or physical impairment, it may increase the compensation to which the claimant is entitled.
- Loss of Consortium: In some cases, spouses may recover compensation for their husband or wife's injuries by claiming "loss of consortium," which refers to the loss of support, services, companionship, and affection.
If you suffered serious complications because of a medication mistake, contact Donaldson & Weston. Our pharmacy error lawyers will help you gather the evidence needed to prove liability and damages. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation with a medication error attorney in Florida.