Hundreds of thousands of people rely on prescription medications for their health, happiness, and survival. It’s up to those who prescribe medications – physicians, nurses, drug manufacturers, and pharmacies – to take due care and obey all applicable laws when handling a patient’s medications. Otherwise, errors could happen that result in serious patient harm or death. As soon as you suspect a prescription error has harmed you or a loved one, talk to the Louisville medical malpractice lawyers at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC. You may have a civil claim on your hands.
Prescription medications go through many hands before they end up in the patient’s. They begin at the drug manufacturing facility – or even earlier, during the design and creation processes. Errors during these early stages could result in drugs that are unreasonably dangerous for consumers to take. It is the physician’s job to accurately diagnose a condition and issue the correct prescription in the right dosage. Then, the entity filling the prescription must do so correctly. A mistake or act of negligence anywhere down the line could harm the patient.
Common prescription errors include:
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, illness, health condition, or a fatal complication because of a prescription he or she did or did not take, call our Louisville personal injury attorneys. We want to hear from you, listen to your story, and discuss the possibility of a negligence lawsuit against the responsible party. There could be many different entities at fault for causing you harm, and likely more than one party sharing fault. Our skilled lawyers can help identify the proper defendant(s) and go up against them in pursuit of damages.
The civil justice system in Kentucky gives you the right to seek monetary recovery for all economic and non-economic damages relating to the prescription error – if you can prove the defendant’s negligence. The only cases in which you would not have to prove negligence is in those involving strict product liability. For example, if a drug has a manufacturing defect that injures you, the drug manufacturer will be strictly liable for your damages. This means you would not have to prove the manufacturer’s negligence to receive compensation.
If you can prove negligence in a personal injury claim, you could recover for losses such as:
The first step in pursuing compensation for a prescription error is to talk to our attorneys. We have years of experience handling medical malpractice claims and are happy to discuss your individual case in more detail in our office, at a hospital, or in your home. Our initial case evaluations are always free and come at no obligation to retain our firm. We simply want you to learn all of your rights and legal options. If you do decide to work with us, we’ll help you on a contingency fee basis, meaning no attorney fees unless you win. Call (502) 589-2700 to get in touch with us today.