When you fill a prescription medication, it should relieve and treat your illness or condition when taken as directed. However, pharmacists and medical professionals can sometimes commit medical errors with prescriptions, resulting in injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.
Medication errors cause 7,000 to 9,000 deaths annually in the United States. Many suffer physical and psychological pain and suffering due to pharmacy errors. Additionally, taking care of patients with medication-associated errors costs more than $40 billion a year.
An experienced Illinois pharmacy malpractice lawyer can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve in case of a medication error.
Choosing a Lawyer Knowledgeable About Prescription Errors
Illinois’ reporting process for prescription mistakes and the types of medical prescription errors should be familiar to the lawyer. Your lawyer can help you report your medication error to the Department of Human Services under its Bureau of Quality Enhancement. Then, if the error meets the reporting criteria for alleged abuse, neglect, or deaths in state facilities, it can move forward to the Office of the Inspector General.
You can report a pharmacy mistake to the Department of Human Services if it falls under one of the following types:
- Taking the wrong medication when it is not prescribed
- Inappropriate timing of medication
- Wrong dosage
- Incorrect administration of the medication
- The wrong person received the medication
- Omission of the medication
Medication errors can include any mistakes in the documentation to administer a prescription, resulting in incorrect dosages, medications, administration, and frequency. Pharmacists can also misread a prescription, giving the wrong medication. A study found that only 75% of pharmacists can correctly read prescriptions, compared to 88% of doctors.
A lawyer from Nessler & Associates can look into your case and determine the type of medication error that caused your injury. We can protect your rights by investigating your claim to determine who can be held accountable for your damages.
You Have a Limited Time to Take Action for Your Malpractice Claim
It is essential to take legal action in Illinois when you experience a pharmaceutical error. However, it can take weeks or even months to realize the long-term harm resulting from a pharmacist’s error.
Under Illinois law, the general statute of limitations involving medication errors is two years from the date you discovered your injury. The state also has a four-year statute of repose. This statute means that no lawsuits can be filed in Illinois more than four years after the date of the alleged medical error.
Your personal injury lawyer must assure you they can file your malpractice claim on time with a thorough investigation of your medical records. They can also speak about their connections with expert medical witnesses, who must be well-versed in your injury. The witnesses can evaluate your documents and testify how the medication error could have been preventable.
Find Out a Lawyer’s Methods of Accessibility and Communication
Communication is an important consideration when hiring a pharmacy malpractice lawyer. Your lawyer should be able to keep you updated on all parts of the process and organize all relevant documentation for your claim. They must know the ideal type of communication that works best for them and their clients.
It may be a good idea to ask your attorney how they prefer to communicate with you. For example, some attorneys prefer phone calls and in-person office visits, while others offer video conferences for clients unable to meet in person.
Additionally, you can ask about the preferred time of day to speak with an attorney and whether they are available over the weekends and holidays. Finally, the lawyer should explain how long you can reasonably expect to wait for a response from them.
Take Advantage of Referrals from Past Clients
You can find feedback and scores regarding the services of a law firm on review sites like Yelp, Google Business Reviews, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). However, you can ask the lawyer for client referrals that can help you gauge whether the lawyer is a good fit for your case and learn more about their experience and reputation.
Referrals should discuss their experiences with a lawyer concerning pharmacy medication error cases. It is crucial to remember that each plaintiff has a unique preference, and every case has its own dynamics. Referrals should discuss the lawyer’s transparency, interpersonal skills, and results for their claims.
Work with an Illinois Pharmacy Malpractice Lawyer Your Claim
The attorneys at Nessler & Associates are ready to protect your rights if a prescription error has injured you or your family. Our law firm has five locations across Illinois so you can benefit from our experience and knowledge of Illinois medical malpractice law.
We also represent pharmacy malpractice victims in Florida, Texas, and Colorado.
We will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you may receive for any injuries or deaths.
Call our law office at (800) 727-8010 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.