Patients who receive the wrong medication, incorrect dosage, or any related error when picking up a prescription can suffer from serious side effects and damage to their health. If you have been harmed because of a pharmaceutical error, you may have grounds to initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit. A medication error attorney from our firm can navigate through the complex legal process and build a strong case on your behalf. At Bennett Johnson, LLP, in Oakland, CA, we can hold negligent parties responsible and work diligently to seek appropriate compensation for your injuries. Contact our law firm  online today to discuss your case in detail with an attorney.

Photo of a pharmacist handling medication
Pharmaceutical and medication errors can have lasting, damaging effects on your health and quality of life.

Common Pharmacy and Medication Errors

Errors involving medication can happen in a hospital, doctor’s office, or pharmacy. While you may trust that you are receiving the right prescription at the right dosage, mistakes are often made. Some of the most common medication errors include:

  • Giving a patient the wrong dose
  • Misreading a prescription and giving a patient the wrong medication
  • Failing to provide a patient with the proper instructions for that particular medication
  • Giving a patient someone else’s medication because of a similar name or birth date
  • Leaving off the appropriate warning label for a particular medication
  • Failing to check for any potential dangerous drug interactions
  • Lack of patient monitoring when medications are administered in hospitals
  • Providing a prescription without ensuring the patient does not have allergies to any ingredients

Without the proper medication, patients can suffer from worsened conditions that initially required treatment. Existing health problems can spread and further damage a patients health, in addition to serious complications from taking the wrong prescriptions.

Consequences of Medication Errors

These medication errors can cause serious, life-threatening adverse reactions in patients. A medication error could lead to overdose, toxicity, poisoning, and even death. Some common adverse reactions to these errors include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Stroke
  • Paralysis

Patients who survive these serious reactions may face lifelong complications, needing surgical treatment or extended medical care. Some may be unable to work for long periods of time, adding to the financial strain they are already under due to large medical bills.

Liability in these Medical Malpractice Cases

Determining liability in medical malpractice cases involving medication errors can be difficult. There are often multiple parties involved in the prescription process, so it is harder to decipher which party is at fault. Responsibility could lie with the prescribing doctor for writing the wrong dosage on the prescription. The pharmacist could be found liable for any mix-ups in medications, mislabeling, and more.

In order to have a successful case, injured patients must prove that the medical professions treating them failed to provide a level of care another experienced provider would have. Patients must also prove that the medication error caused injury. This process can become incredibly complex with the insurance companies of doctors or medical facilities becoming involved. It is essential that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for your best interests. At Bennett Johnson, LLP, our attorneys can gather necessary evidence and work with medical experts to build the strongest case possible.

With our attorneys on your side, you can put the strongest case forward, ensuring that insurance companies do not take advantage of your vulnerable position. 

Potential Compensation

When pursuing compensation, you may seek damages for a number of concerns, such as:

  • Medical bills, including additional treatments, medications, hospital stays, and more
  • Lost wages due to your extended recovery
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lowered quality of life, usually if the error caused permanent damage
  • Loss of consortium for surviving family members of the error was fatal

With our attorneys on your side, you can put the strongest case forward, ensuring that insurance companies do not take advantage of your vulnerable position. 

Speak with an Experienced Attorney Today

If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries caused by a medication error, contact Bennett Johnson, LLP online or call (510) 444-5020 to schedule a consultation. Our team can fight for your best interests, helping you to recover and focus on the future. 

Attorneys Richard Bennett and William Johnson

Bennett Johnson, LLP

Attorneys Richard Bennett and William Johnson have practiced law for more than four decades. Since opening Bennett Johnson, LLP, in 1981, our clients have been awarded more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. They are members of several professional legal organizations, including:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or call us at (510) 444-5020.

Get In Touch Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite