Practically every hospital in the U.S. has an on-site pharmacy to fill its patients' needs. In many cases, a doctor's prescription goes from paper to being administered to a patient in a matter of minutes. This rapid turnaround can be a lifesaver, but also leaves room for errors made in haste.
If a hospital's pharmacist is an employee of the hospital and his/her error or negligence causes harm to a patient, the patient or his or her family has the right to file a claim against the hospital and the pharmacist.
In a negligence claim for a hospital pharmacist's error, you must prove the following facts.
- That the hospital owed you a duty of care by hiring qualified and competent pharmacists
- That the hospital owed you a duty of care to implement safety checks to ensure prescription errors were minimized
- That the pharmacist owed you a duty of care to prescribe you the correct medication at the proper dose
- That both the pharmacist and the hospital breached any or all of those duties of care
It is the breach of duty of care that allows patients in a hospital to file a medical malpractice claim for pharmacy error. To file a claim against the hospital and the pharmacist, you must be able to prove that the hospital directly employs the pharmacist.
Filing a Claim Against a Hospital and Its Pharmacist
The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. is here to help hospital patients and their families seek damages from negligent pharmacists and hospitals. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a FREE consultation regarding your right to pursue a medical malpractice claim against a Georgia hospital: 404-474-0804.