Millions of Americans rely on pharmacies each day to dispense the medications they need to stay healthy. However, there are times when medication errors occur that cause severe harm to patients. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our team is ready to help if you or a loved one needs a Dallas pharmaceutical errors attorney. We will investigate what happened in your case in order to secure any compensation you may be entitled to.
Errors concerning medication occur regularly in the United States. However, pinpointing the blame for a medication error can be incredibly difficult. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a medication error is defined as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer.”
The FDA says they received more than 100,000 reports each year associated with a suspected medication mistake. The FDA reviews all of these reports and classifies them to determine the type of error and the cause of each error. These reports indicate that there may be various parties liable for a medication and pharmaceutical error. This includes:
When our attorneys are working to determine how a medication error occurred, these cases often diverge into one of two pathways – a product liability case or a medical malpractice case. In some cases, a pharmaceutical error lawsuit will turn into a combination of these.
Patients can sustain severe harm when a medication error occurs, and these errors can lead to:
Unfortunately, a medication error can also result in the death of a patient, leaving family members struggling to determine what happened.
Depending on what type of lawsuit will be filed, victims need to be aware of laws regarding the statute of limitations. In Texas, the medical malpractice statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. However, pharmaceutical errors often cause harm to a patient over an extended period of time. When this occurs, the two-year “clock” will not start running until the end of a course of treatment that caused harm to the patient.
If a pharmaceutical error lawsuit turns into a product liability case, the statute of limitations will also be two years from the date the injury occurs.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured or become ill due to a pharmaceutical error, contact the team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC for help today. We will conduct a complete investigation into your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. This could include the following: