You must know what is at stake and what to expect if you are facing allegations of medical malpractice as a pharmacist. So, please read on, then contact an experienced New York health care professional defense lawyer to learn what you should know about pharmacist malpractice in the state of New York.
Can a pharmacist be charged with medical malpractice in New York?
Yes, he or she can be held liable for medical malpractice if he or she acts negligently. A pharmacist’s responsibilities are many and varied and any form of negligence when handling medication can lead to significant harm to patients.
What forms does pharmacist malpractice take in New York?
Acting negligently in their practice in various ways can result in a pharmacist being convicted of malpractice. The following include some of the most common examples of pharmacist malpractice:
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Prescribing the wrong dosage of medication
- Failing to contact a patient’s healthcare when there are concerns with a prescribed drug
- Failing to ensure that the patient can take medications prescribed by different physicians at the same time
- Failing to ensure that the patient’s medical history allows for them to take the prescribed medication
How can a pharmacist sustain a conviction in New York?
A few steps need to occur in order for a pharmacist to sustain a conviction for medical malpractice. They are as follows:
- The patient must prove the pharmacist in question owed him or her a duty of care: This may involve the patient proving that the pharmacist provided the medication or was in charge of handling his or her medication.
- The patient must prove that the pharmacist breached that duty of care: This may involve the patient proving that the pharmacist acted negligently or otherwise in a way that a reasonable pharmacist would not have acted.
- The patient must prove that this breach of duty led to his or her harm and serious injuries.
A pharmacist may lose his or her medical license and his or her ability to practice medicine and face other serious consequences if he or she is convicted of medical malpractice.
You can’t afford to go it alone if you are a pharmacist who faces a medical malpractice conviction. Do yourself a favor and contact a skilled New York health care professional defense lawyer from our firm to explain your rights and responsibilities as well as fight for your future. Please give us a call today.
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