Coma from Pharmacy Malpractice

Imagine this scene. You have a bright vibrant child. Your child is one day outside playing and acting normal. Later that night your child goes to bed, falls asleep and will not wake up. Your child falls into a coma. This actually happened in New Mexico. A young child who was to be prescribed Ritalin was actually given a form of methadone by mistake. The boy actually fell into a coma from which he did not awaken for nearly six days. The family was in the process of suing the pharmacy for $350 million. You may be wondering what your rights are or would be in a similar situation. The purpose of this article is to answer some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to pharmacy malpractice in particular comas.

1. What exactly is a coma? To put it simply, a coma is a state of deep sleep from which you cannot be awakened from by normal means. Your body does not respond to stimuli and does not have regular sleep patterns. A person in a coma may come out of it undamaged or could remain in their coma for many years. There have been cases of people who have remained in comas for more than 10 years.

2. What are the pharmacy's responsibilities in distributing medicines? The pharmacy is responsible for implementing safeguards to insure that the proper medicines are being given to the right people. If the pharmacy is negligent in this capacity, they can be held responsible for any damage that they cause.

3. What are my rights if I have had a similar experience? You have the right to expect the drugs handed to you by the pharmacy are the drugs ordered. If you have been harmed, whether it's a coma or sickness then you maybe entitled to monetary damages. The bet piece of advice would be to contact a medical malpractice attorney. They will know the laws of your state and will be able to best advise you on the legal process involved.

If you have suffered unnecessarily from a pharmacy mistake whether it be a coma or other ailment, get legal advice and don't let them get away with it. Let our dedicated and experienced pharmacy malpractice lawyers help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

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