Wrong Prescription Leads to Serious Accident

Our lawyers handled a case that looked at first like it was caused by a negligent driver, but turned out to have been the fault of a negligent pharmacist.

Our client was a retired bank employee sitting on the steps of St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, waiting to attend 12:10 Mass. Suddenly, a car on Washington Avenue in front of the church started weaving from side to side, crossed the center lines, then jumped onto the curb, over the sidewalk, through the hedge row and onto the cathedral steps, crushing the man's foot, one-third of which had to be amputated.

While losing control of the wheel is usually caused by driver negligence, this time it was not. The driver suffered from epilepsy. When he went to his drugstore, his prescription for Dilantin (used to control his seizures) was mistakenly filled with Diazide (used to treat high blood pressure and swelling due to excess body water).

As a result of being without his medication, the driver had a seizure behind the wheel and lost control. We were able to obtain a six-figure settlement for our client.