In 2013, Anthony Gonzales was injured in a car wreck. He was prescribed cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, for pain. In 2014, Mr. Gonzales had his prescription filled at Walgreens. According to his lawsuit, the pharmacist instead gave him Xanax, which belonged to another man with the same name. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It has been linked to suicidal tendencies in some individuals.
In his suit, Mr. Gonzales has alleged Walgreens employees failed to place the correct label on the pill container, and failed to verify Mr. Gonzales’ identity. He has asked for an unspecified amount of damages to cover the medical costs he incurred after shooting himself in the head. Mr. Gonzales survived, but has suffered head trauma and other physical problems. Additionally, he has asked for lost wages, legal fees “and any other relief this court may deem just and proper.” A Walgreens corporate spokesman said, “We just learned of this lawsuit about an incident four years ago and we don’t comment on pending litigation.
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.