Recent Medication Error Death Settlement
Attorney Fred Pritzker recently settled a prescription error wrongful death case. The pharmacy compounded a drug to be 10 times the prescribed dose; which, when administered, caused her death. Read about the compounding pharmacy lawsuit settlement.
Help for Families after Wrong Medication or Dose
When a medication error results in death, the family can sue the pharmacy, hospital and possibly others under the state’s wrongful death statute. These claims are often based on the following:
- Wrong Medication. Some medications have similar names or similar packaging, which can lead to a nurse, pharmacist or other medical professional carelessly giving a patient the wrong medication. Sometimes the wrong medication is given because the nurse was in a hurry and didn’t double check, the medication was shelved wrong, the doctor prescribed the wrong medication, or the patient was given another patient’s medication.
- Wrong Dose of Medication/ Prescription. When patients are given the wrong dose of a medication, it is usually because of one of the following: 1) the doctor prescribed the wrong dose, 2) the nurse administered the wrong dose of medication, 3) the pharmacist filled the prescription wrong or 4) the manufacturer of compounding pharmacy made the medication wrong. Many of the wrong dose cases involve young children who were negligently given an adult dosage of a medication.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit FAQ
Who can sue?
Generally, a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew have the legal right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This does not mean that they all share in any settlement or verdict equally. A judge will decide how much each family member receives.
What evidence is used to prove a medication error?
Our lawyers look at the medical records and interview relevant professionals, including the person who prescribed the medication, the pharmacist who provided the medication, any pharmacy employee who handled the medication, the person who administered the medication and others. We also look at email and other documents to uncover the truth.
Who can be sued?
The facts of each case determine who can be sued. There are situations where a company and its parent company can both be sued. Finding all liable (legally responsible) parties can be a complex process. Some of the possible liable parties include the following: a pharmacy, a pharmacist, a doctor, a hospital, a clinic, a nurse and a nursing home.
How is our law firm paid?
Our law firm is paid if we win your case. You will not have to pay any upfront fees.
We help families throughout the United States hold wrongdoers accountable. You can call 612-338-0202 or use our free consultation form to contact our lawyers for your free consultation.