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Pharmacist medication error might lead to personal injury lawsuit

People can suffer physical and emotional harm at the hands of others in many ways. Significant numbers of personal injury lawsuits make their way through the Washington civil justice system each year. The cases involve injuries caused by auto accidents, dangerous premises, defective products, medical malpractice and pharmacy errors.

Most people trust their pharmacists as much as their GPs, and while medication errors can be prevented, they happen frequently. Common mistakes include providing the wrong medication or the correct medication indicating the wrong dosage. Some might fail to recognize potentially harmful complications through interactions of different drugs, or the pharmacist might neglect to warn patients of possible harmful or dangerous side effects that the prescribed medications might have.

Medication errors can occur because of fatigue caused by working long shifts -- some pharmacists fill up to 450 prescriptions per day. Insufficient training or negligent supervision could be to blame, or a lack of communication between the doctors and pharmacists. Automated systems were developed to ease the pressure on pharmacists by speeding up the process, but express prescriptions and computer-generated refills could cause errors rather than minimizing them.

Unfortunately, medication errors could have devastating consequences, and they can bring about unanticipated financial hardship -- not to mention the emotional pain and suffering it could cause. Victims of such errors in Washington might have questions about their legal rights in such situations, and the best place to find answers is from an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can assess the facts of the case to determine the viability of a civil lawsuit and then provide the necessary guidance and support throughout ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of monetary recovery of damages.

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