Prescription Errors Should Be Reviewed by a Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney
The Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., represents people and their families who are the victims of prescription errors. These errors can be caused by the manufacturer who develops and produces the medication, by the doctor who prescribes the medication, or by the pharmacy that dispenses the prescription. These prescription errors can result in devastating injuries or death to adults and children alike.
Our experienced Fort Myers personal injury attorneys can investigate why the prescription error occurred and who caused the prescription error. Through a personal injury claim, our lawyers can help hold the manufacturer of the drug and the pharmacy liable for the injuries or death that has occurred. All too often, drug manufacturers fail to properly identify drug interactions that can cause serious injuries to consumers, and fail to adequately warn doctors, pharmacies, and consumers about these potentially lethal drug interactions.
In some cases, doctors are seeing far too many patients in a given day, and do not have time to adequately assess a patient’s condition or the potential for drug interactions based on his or her current medications. The pressure to see record numbers of patients can cause even the best doctors to make mistakes in processing prescriptions for patients. When this occurs, prescription errors can be made. While most prescriptions now are computer-generated, some doctors still handwrite their prescriptions, which can lead to illegible handwriting that causes prescriptions to be improperly filled by pharmacies.
Unfortunately, your Fort Myers personal injury attorney also knows that pharmacies have become very competitive, often locating numerous pharmacy stores right across the street from each other. This race for higher profits can result in cost-cutting measures that put profits over safety. Prescription-dispensing machines are often utilized instead of human beings, and it is automated practices such as these, with little or no human oversight or safety checks, that can result in significant errors. Pharmacists also can be placed under significant pressure at the hands of their employers to fill and distribute prescriptions in an extremely quick manner that often contributes to prescription errors.
Consult a Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney for Help
Drug companies, physicians, medical staff, and pharmacies all are held to a reasonable standard of care in terms of their profession with respect to their patients. When they do not act in accordance with their standard of care, but they instead act in a negligent or careless manner with respect to prescribing medications, filling prescriptions for a patient, or failing to warn of dangerous medication interactions, they can be held liable for any injuries that may occur as a result of their actions or inaction.
If you or a family member is the victim of a prescription error, please contact your Fort Myers personal injury attorney at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., immediately for a free consultation. There are no fees or costs unless you win. Please visit our settlements and verdicts page in order to view the results in some of the prescription injury cases handled by Fort Myers personal injury lawyer, Randall L. Spivey.
More Helpful Information
Nearly one-third of all adults in the United States take 5 or more medications, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There have been advances in prescription medications which resulted in major health improvements, but the benefits also have increased risks.