Medical Malpractice & Pharmacy Liability
Respected medical malpractice lawyers with the resources to fight
Helping those who received poor health care
Our medical malpractice lawyers have a long track record of defending the rights of people who experienced negligent medical care from doctors, nurses, aides and pharmacists.
We prepare science-based cases in order to deliver the compensation that our clients need and deserve. Our staff is compassionate to the individual needs of those who entrust us to help. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.
Medical Malpractice cases are typically a result of negligent or careless action or inaction by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other licensed medical professional or health care provider that yields consequences of permanent disability, disease, disfigurement, and death.
All hospitals and medical workers have a duty to uphold appropriate standards of care with every patient they treat. Medical Malpractice arises from a breach of that duty, and most often involves:
- Failure to properly treat a condition
- Faulty administration of a prescription drug
- Failure to warn patient of potential dangers
All patients have the right to receive proper and reasonable care from hospitals, doctors, and nurses. RPWB’s medical malpractice attorneys know each case is unique and deserving of individual attention. If you or a member of your family has suffered from negligent medical errors made by doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, please contact RPWB to discuss your legal options.
Pharmacies and pharmacists are critical members of the medical community whom we entrust with our health and our lives. While doctors may be responsible for diagnosing a disease and prescribing treatment, it is the role of a pharmacist to ensure that the patient receives the correct type and dosage of medication.
If a pharmacist fails to properly fill a prescription, the result can be injury or even death. When a pharmacist negligently fills a prescription, he or she may be liable for the resulting injury or death.
Claims for pharmacy liability generally arise when a pharmacy fails to uphold the proper standard of care when filling and dispensing prescription drugs. This can manifest in several harmful, and sometimes deadly, ways:
- Giving the wrong drug to a patient
- Filling an order in the wrong dosage amount
- Failing to acknowledge a patient’s drug allergies
- Failing to recognize and prevent potential drug-drug interactions
- Failing to recognize and prevent potential drug-disease contraindications
- Failing to recognize an incorrect dosage and take steps to avoid harm to the patient
- Failing to properly counsel a patient regarding potential side-effects, risks and proper usage of a prescription medication
The attorneys at RPWB have taken on large, corporate pharmacies on behalf of our clients. If you or someone you love suffered serious personal injury or a loved one died because of pharmacy negligence, please contact one of RPWB’s pharmacy liability attorneys.
RPWB attorneys help people who have developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome and other forms of toxic epidermal necrolysis caused by medication. Up to 200 drugs can cause the life-threatening skin condition that begins with flu-like symptoms and then progresses to include lesions and ulcers.
Our attorneys and staff are compassionate and experienced. We have a long track-record of holding medical professionals, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies accountable on behalf of patients who were harmed.
We work with patients and their families to put together an individual course of action that respects their unique needs. Contact us below for a free, no obligation case review.
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Aug 15, 2019
16 RPWB Lawyers Selected For Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – RPWB was once again the top-listed plaintiff law firm in South Carolina for product liability cases as well as mass tort and class action lawsuits in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, which was released in August 2019. In total, 16 RPWB attorneys were designated as 2020 Best Lawyers, including […]READ MORE
Jul 22, 2019
First New Mesothelioma Treatment in 15 Years Approved By FDA
By Ken Wilson It’s not often that we get to report new treatments for mesothelioma. While we do see a lot of clinical trials, the standard treatment plan for malignant pleural mesothelioma has been relatively unchanged for many years. Most patients go through surgery (if they are able to), radiation and chemotherapy. It can be […]READ MORE
Jun 10, 2019
When Personal Vaporizers Explode: An Entire Industry Designed Around the Wrong Battery
By Chris Moore Since the mid-2000s, we have become more reliant on lithium-ion batteries and the devices they power. The batteries are extremely useful and serve an important function. Just a decade ago, it would have been inconceivable for a laptop computer or a smartphone to be used for an entire day on just one […]READ MORE
May 23, 2019
RPWB Named To Leadership of 3M Combat Arms Ear Plug MDL
RPWB member attorney Elizabeth Middleton Burke was named to the leadership of the 3M Combat Arms Ear Plug multidistrict litigation. Federal lawsuits filed against 3M for producing faulty military ear plugs have been consolidated in the Northern District of Florida. Burke was named as co-chair of the Plaintiff Steering Committee, which builds the national product […]READ MORE
May 20, 2019
Richardson is a Top 25 Lawyer (Again!)
RPWB Founding Member Terry Richardson has been named as one of the top 25 lawyers in South Carolina by Super Lawyers, one of the nation’s premiere attorney rating services. This marks Richardson’s ninth time appearing on the list. For three consecutive years, he was ranked as one of the top 10 attorneys in the state. […]READ MORE
Apr 24, 2019
RPWB named to leadership of firefighting foam MDL
CHARLESTON, S.C. – RPWB has been named to the leadership of litigation to help the nation’s water utilities filter out harmful chemicals left behind by firefighting foam manufactured by 3M and Tyco. RPWB member Christiaan Marcum sits on the Plaintiff Executive Committee of the Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation, which has been consolidated in […]READ MORE
Mar 25, 2019
Supreme Court ruling will help asbestos victims
By Dave Butler The United States Supreme Court delivered an unexpectedly good opinion for asbestos victims last week. For years, equipment makers (including those who make pumps, valves, turbines and boilers) have argued that they only make and sell metal products and cannot be held responsible for asbestos products made by third parties and later […]READ MORE
Jan 18, 2019
RPWB welcomes a new member
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman is proud to announce that Aaron Dias has been named the firm’s newest member. Dias has spent the entirety of his legal career with RPWB, beginning as a clerk during law school. In 2005, he became an associate attorney at the firm. His practice focuses primarily on pharmaceutical and other […]READ MORE
Dec 03, 2018
Parties agree to settle SC nuclear plant class action
SCANA and SCE&G settle class action lawsuit with Attorney General and Plaintiffs Related to V.C. Summer Nuclear Costs Plaintiffs Richard Lightsey, LeBrian Cleckley, and Phillip Cooper have reached an agreement with SCANA Corporation and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company to settle a lawsuit filed in the state Court of Common Pleas in Hampton County on […]READ MORE
Nov 02, 2018
RPWB is a 2019 U.S. News Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was named a 2019 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing the plaintiff firm for its work on mass torts and class actions, product liability, securities, healthcare law, medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. With 16 lawyers listed on the underlying Best Lawyers in […]READ MORE
Oct 24, 2018
The Role of the Whistleblower: A look at qui tam litigation
By Chuck Dukes Qui tam litigation allows private citizens, like you, to join in the battle against government fraud. Every year, many of our public institutions—from the military to Medicare—are plagued by fraud. Astonishingly, it’s estimated that nearly 10% of all federal spending, or $350–$400B per year, is lost due to fraud. And by and […]READ MORE
Sep 18, 2018
Families of two smokers hooked by free samples awarded $113 million
The families of a pair of deceased smokers from the United States Virgin Islands were awarded $113 million by two juries last month. In a consolidated trial, the juries found that the maker of Newport cigarettes (previously Lorillard, now R.J. Reynolds) engaged in a program to hook young people, including children, on cigarettes. The program […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
16 RPWB attorneys named to Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was again recognized as South Carolina’s top-listed plaintiff law firm for product liability cases and mass tort/class actions by The Best Lawyers in America® in their 2019 edition released in August 2018. In all, 16 RPWB attorneys were named 2019 Best Lawyers, including four new additions to the […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Richardson on mass torts win: “Unrelenting pressure is essential.”
RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson has worked on many mass tort cases throughout his four decades practicing law, but the 2005 Graniteville train crash stands out due to its size, scope and complexity. His experience with the case recently featured by the website drugwatcher.org in the article “11 of America’s Top Trial Lawyers Share Their […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
RPWB accepting DePuy Elbow Implant cases
RPWB attorneys are representing patients who had to replace their faulty DePuy Synthes elbow implant, a defective medical device that was pulled from the market years ago yet it still causing problems. In late 2016, the DePuy Synthes elbow implant was recalled after people who received the devices reported problems with radial stem loosening at […]READ MORE