Our client was a 61 year-old man generally in a state of good health. He developed swelling in his left ankle that was determined to be a venous clot. His vascular surgeon gave him a prescription for Coumadin, a blood thinner, to be taken in doses of 10 mg. per day. When the pharmacist filled the prescription, our client was instructed by the pharmacist to take 25 mg. per day. Two days later, he suffered a massive rectal hemorrhage and required three hospitalizations to resolve the injury.
KEY LEGAL STRATEGY:
A highly-qualified pharmacological poison expert was quickly retained to support the plaintiff's case. His expert opinions could not be effectively attacked by the defense. In addition, our client and his wife made extremely good witnesses so the case was put into mediation so that the pharmacy's defense team could have enough time with our client and his wife to realize how effective they would be on the witness stand.
U.S. Dist. Court (E. D. Va.) Norfolk/Sept. 2005
James C. Lewis, Attorney
Denell Falzon, Paralegal
Karen Lorda, Litigation Assistant
For more information about pharmacy error/prescription medication mistakes, take a look at these articles and case results that our firm obtained in these types of cases:
- Blog on medication error cases: http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/news/medication-error-case-receives-favorable-ruling-for-plaintiff.cfm
- Improper medication injection case result:http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/case_results/improper-medication-injection-leads-to-serious-injury-confidential-settlement.cfm
- Blog on major Rite Aid pharmacy error: http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/blog/prescription-drug-dispensing-error-costs-rite-aid-25-million.cfm