Prescription medications are common throughout the United States. However, it is important for any potential consumer to understand the inherent risks and possible side effects of any drug they have been prescribed. Furthermore, when a pharmacist makes a mistake, there could be grave and even fatal consequences.

If you or a loved one was injured or suffered a worsened condition after taking a doctor-recommended medicine, a Michigan pharmacist errors lawyer could help. An attorney who is familiar with state law and how to gather evidence and pursue a claim might prove to be a valuable ally as you seek compensation for your losses.

What is a Pharmacist Error?

Pharmacist errors can potentially happen in any type of a pharmacy, whether public, mail order, or in a hospital. Pharmacists often act as an added safety net between doctors and patients to ensure that they are prescribing the correct dosage of medicine. A Michigan pharmacist errors attorney could help patients who are impacted by the following common mistakes:

  • Improper dosage—under- or over-dosing
  • Administering the wrong type of drug
  • Failing to consider a patient’s allergies
  • Adverse medication interactions
  • Medication directions indicate the incorrect time to take a dose
  • Receiving another patient’s prescription
  • Incorrect drug preparation or formulation
  • Providing the wrong prescription to a patient—this might happen with a drug name mix-up
  • Incorrect filling of a prescription
  • Wrongful combination of drugs

Many of these and other mistakes can be traced back to causative factors made by a pharmacist or other medical professional. For example, staff members might have been distracted while filling a prescription, received a wrong order, failed to question a physician about a seemingly inappropriate dosage or potential medical interaction, or were simply overwhelmed and short on time. No matter the reason, a detail-oriented Michigan pharmacist errors lawyer could work to establish how a care professional’s actions or inaction caused a claimant to suffer adverse side effects while safely taking a prescribed medication.

Pursuing Damages Caused by a Pharmacist

While some mistakes made by pharmacists might be of little to no consequence to a patient, others could result in physical and even life-threatening complications. As a result, anyone pursuing damages caused by a pharmacist might have a litany of losses they are looking to recover.

Compensable, or economic, damages are those meant to provide compensation for the financial consequences the plaintiff suffered due to the error. There are no limits to how much a plaintiff could receive for these damages, which may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are the other ways in which the plaintiff suffered harm. These are often more difficult to calculate and might include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, permanent disability, and disfigurement. A compassionate attorney could work with a claimant in Michigan to establish and calculate the full extent of their losses suffered after a pharmacists’ error.

As per Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.1483, plaintiffs in any type of a malpractice case are limited as to how much they may receive in non-economic damages. The limits vary from one year to the next and are based on inflation.

Call a Michigan Pharmacist Errors Attorney for Help

No matter your medical condition, you trust that your doctor will prescribe the correct medication at the correct dosage and that the pharmacist will fill your prescription according to their instructions. When this does not happen, your health and well-being may suffer.

Hiring a Michigan pharmacist errors lawyer might help. An attorney experienced in representing clients against pharmacies and drug stores will gather all necessary records and evidence to prove a mistake caused serious harm.  To learn more about your legal rights and to schedule a free consultation, call a legal professional at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. today. We will determine if there was negligence, help to calculate your losses, and request full and fair compensation on your behalf.

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