As patients, we expect nothing but the best care from our pharmacists and doctors. But even though healthcare professionals want the best for us, it is incredibly easy for a Walgreens pharmacist to make an error.
These errors can have a number of negative consequences. If you feel as though you have suffered due to your pharmacist’s error, you could be entitled to compensation.
At chain pharmacies like Walgreens, it is common practice to overwork employees. In order to encourage quicker service, some tasks may be distributed assembly-line style. This means that some tasks may not be performed by qualified people, which can lead to an error in your final prescription.
In fact, somewhere between one and five percent of all prescriptions contain a mistake. Many jurors have also found Walgreens guilty of cutting corners and producing dangerous consequences.
If we have evidence of these mistakes, and evidence that Walgreens’ practices caused them, then why do pharmacy errors keep occurring?
The answer is that Walgreens needs to be held accountable. If Walgreens is never held responsible for its clients’ individual suffering, the company will never learn its lesson.
If you have suffered as a result of Walgreens pharmacies, contact a lawyer. You could be entitled to compensation or an award.
HOW DO I ADDRESS AN ERROR BY MY PHARMACIST?
First, take care of your safety. If you have ingested the incorrect medication, you should contact your pharmacist or doctor. If you are experiencing odd side effects or symptoms, go to an emergency room.
Then, you should consider contacting a lawyer. A malpractice lawyer can help you protect your rights, and keep you from making a mistake that might hurt your case. Avoid waiting until later- the earlier you contact the lawyer, the easier it will be to make your case.
Then, begin to gather all your documentation. You should keep the prescription bottle, as well as the pills. Keep them in a safe place to avoid taking the incorrect medication. You may also want to keep any receipts, notes from your doctor, and voicemails that might document your visits to the doctor and pharmacy.
WHAT CONSEQUENCES ARE THERE TO AN ERROR BY MY PHARMACIST?
You may have suffered a number of consequences already. However, some people don’t even realize the consequences they’ve suffered until it’s too late.
Oftentimes, a patient or a child receives the incorrect dosage of their medicine. This is an easy mistake to make, and all patients should watch out for it. A matter of 80 mg. versus .08 mg. can be a matter of life or death.
You may also have received someone else’s medication. At times, people with similar names might be confused. In other cases, you may receive the wrong medication because the drug names are similar.
No matter what the case, you can be compensated for a range of consequences.
If you experienced pain and suffering, like diarrhea, vomiting, and sleeplessness, you may be compensated. This is especially true if pain was suffered over an extended period of time.
Suffering can also cause you to miss work, which many working families cannot afford. You may even feel as though you lost a job as a result of a pharmacist’s error. In all these cases, it is appropriate to seek compensation.
In the meantime, you may have racked up medical expenses. Since few people have the money to pay their medical bills, you may be in debt.
In some extreme cases, you may have suffered permanent injury or impairment. Incorrect medications and doses can cause pain or impairment which can also lead to further injury.
WHEN SHOULD I SUE OR FILE A CLAIM?
Since the errors that can occur are varied, you should check to see which error applies to you. If you want to file a claim, common errors you may want to file for include the following:
- Your child was given the incorrect medication or was given the wrong dose
- You were given the wrong dose of medication
- The medication you were given was intended for a different person
- You received the incorrect medication
- You did not receive a consultation with your pharmacist about how to administer the medication
If one or more of the above errors apply to you, then you should consider whether or not you have suffered the following consequences. Contact a lawyer if you’ve experienced:
- Pain and suffering, such as vomiting, diarrhea, sleeplessness, or injury
- Lost wages from either lost work hours or loss if a job
- Loss of income from any other source
- Large medical bills as a result of complications or side effects of a pharmacist’s error
- Large medical debt as a result of medical bills you could not pay
- Permanent injury– either as a side effect of the medication or as a result if side effects
- Permanent impairment as a result of receiving the incorrect medication