There are numerous pharmacies throughout the state of California. In fact, whether you live in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, or any other city in Long Beach, a pharmacy is generally only a short drive from your home. But unfortunately with the abundance of pharmacies comes the risk of prescription errors, a problem that is more common than most people think. According to the Food and Drug Administration, medication errors lead to at least 365 deaths and 1.3 million injuries annually. Because these cases are often serious, they may require help from an experienced Long Beach pharmacy malpractice lawyer.
Jamal Injury Law P.C. takes great pride in representing victims of prescription error. Our mission is to minimize future medication errors by holding medicine providers accountable and building public awareness. In fact, one of our cases was featured on NBC Los Angeles.Your Pharmacist’s Role
Pharmacists are trained to have extensive knowledge about all types of medications, including their purpose and potential side effects. Their primary responsibilities include dispensing medications that are prescribed by doctors, providing instructions regarding the usage of prescription medications, and counseling patients who are prescribed such medicine.
Pharmacies usually have protocols in place to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy staff are competently executing their roles and that prescriptions are being filled properly. Sometimes protocols are inadequate or protocols are simply not followed. This leads to prescription errors, which can cause death or serious injury that requires not only medical attention, but the help of a pharmacy malpractice lawyer with experience in Long Beach.United States Food and Drug Administration’s Role
The FDA takes numerous steps to help minimize medication errors throughout the country. In particular:
- To help reduce drug name confusion, the FDA analyzes numerous proposed drug names each year, rejecting approximately 33% of them.
- The FDA works alongside drug companies to minimize errors due to poor product design or similar-looking packaging.
- The FDA evaluates over 1000 reports of medication errors to determine the reason for the error.
- The FDA informs the public about medication error prevention though numerous outreach programs.
To protect yourself against the risks of prescription error, you should:
- Make sure that the prescription filled by your pharmacist matches the one ordered by your doctor.
- Save the informational documents that are included in your medication packaging.
- Maintain an updated list of all your medications.
- Immediately contact your doctor if you incur side effects from any medications.
If you find that you are the victim of pharmacy malpractice, it’s important to work with a firm such as Jamal Injury Law P.C. that has experience with this type of case. Not all personal injury lawyers have the same level of experience, and since pharmacy malpractice cases are complex, it is in your best interest to only accept legal representation from an attorney that has expertise in cases like yours.
A good attorney will ensure that all of your paperwork is filed correctly and within the statute of limitations. They will also give you a clear understanding of your case throughout the legal process. Depending on the complexity of your case, it may be settled in or out of court. Your lawyer will communicate with you throughout your case so you know what to expect. If you live in the area, it is a good idea to work with a local pharmacy malpractice attorney in Long Beach. This will be more convenient than traveling to meet with your lawyer.
If we offer you representation after evaluating your case, we will take over all of the legal aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your health and wellness. We will update you on the status of your claim regularly and will always be available to answer any questions you may have. Helping you understand your rights and recover the compensation you need to cover your expenses during this difficult time is our top priority.Free Case Evaluation
If you have been the victim of pharmacist malpractice you should immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Whether you suffered a major or minor injury, you may be entitled to compensation. To receive a forthright assessment of your case, please contact Jamal Injury Law P.C. at 714-907-1021 or complete the “Contact Form” on our website and a lawyer will contact you directly.