Pharmaceutical Malpractice Lawyers in NC
Pharmaceutical malpractice is a type of medical malpractice that occurs when a patient suffers a serious injury as a result of a drug or pharmaceutical product.
In other words, pharmaceutical malpractice is a subset of medical malpractice law that deals specifically from injuries that arise out of medication errors.
While most pharmaceutical errors are preventable, it is important for injured patients to keep in mind that not all pharmaceutical injuries result from medical negligence. In some cases, taking certain drugs comes with certain risks, and the fact that the patient may have suffered an injury does not necessarily mean that the doctor prescribing the medication or the pharmacist filling a prescription were negligent or are liable for injuries.
However, it is important to discuss your case with our North Carolina pharmaceutical malpractice lawyers to learn about your options for filing a claim and seeking compensation. An advocate at Dawson & Albritton, P.A. can speak with you in more detail about your case.
Common Forms of Pharmaceutical Malpractice in NC
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a medication error 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.”
As you can see, pharmaceutical malpractice can have many different causes, and it takes numerous forms. Some of the most common forms of pharmaceutical malpractice in NC include but are not limited to:
- Prescription for the wrong drug or wrong dosage of a medication;
- Failure to properly read patient’s medical file to recognize a harmful medication interaction;
- Filling prescription incorrectly with wrong drug or wrong dosage;
- Administration of improper amount of anesthesia; and/or
- Defect in a prescription drug, including a design defect, manufacturing defect, or marketing defect.
Statute of Limitations for Bringing a Pharmaceutical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-15, the statute of limitations on most pharmaceutical malpractice claims is three years. If you did not discover your accident until quite some time after the initial mistake occurred, you may be able to have an additional year to file your claim.
Failure to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations period can result in your claim being time-barred. A pharmaceutical malpractice lawyer can get started on your case today.
How Can a Pharmaceutical Malpractice Lawyer Help Me?
Our aggressive NC pharmaceutical malpractice lawyers advocate tirelessly for our clients every step of the way. A personal injury lawsuit can be complication and frustrating, but our attorneys are here to advocate for each plaintiff’s right to compensation.
Our firm has a history of excellence in securing settlements for pharmaceutical malpractice plaintiffs. For example:
- $1.1 million settlement for a patient who was Ambien CR as part of a sleep study and was permitted to drive while using the medication; and
- $200,000 settlement for failure to administer proper medication to a patient during a hospital stay.
Our clients put their trust in us everyday, and we work tirelessly to obtain favorable settlements for every injured patient whose case we take. The following are a couple of testimonials from our clients:
Lynne Wardle: “I was turned down for disability. I didn’t know what I was going to do. My injuries were such that I could not work. I came to Darren Dawson and he immediately took over for me . . . . I will never be able to thank Darren and his staff enough.”
Judy Rodenbaugh: “I talked to Mr. Dawson about my accident and he agreed to represent me. The firm is very professional and thorough. Amanda kept me well informed. When the time came to settle the case Mr. Dawson did a great job!”
Jenna Nicole Pope: “Harry Albritton is an excellent lawyer. He is motivated and stays on top of everything. He was always calm and collected and made me feel at ease. I had a very complicated case and he worked very hard to win our case. We got more than we expected and we owe it to Harry. He was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him to everyone!”
An Aggressive Pharmaceutical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
Patients should be able to expect that their doctors will accurately prescribe medications and will take care to review their medical histories before prescribing a drug that could have dangerous or even fatal interactions. Similarly, a patient should not have to worry that a pharmacist will make a serious mistake in filling a prescription. In some cases, pharmaceutical malpractice injuries result from a defective prescription drug.
No matter how your injury happened, an experienced NC pharmaceutical malpractice attorney can assist you. Contact Dawson & Albritton, P.A. to learn more about how we advocate for injured patients in North Carolina.