Salisbury North Carolina CVS Lawsuit Illustrates Perils Of Physician Malpractice

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

On October 11, Lori Smith, a Salisbury woman, filed a lawsuit against CVS, a CVS pharmacist and a CVS manager, asserting claims of negligence, malpractice, and reckless misconduct. According to Ms. Smith, she was diagnosed with pink eye by her primary care physician and prescribed eye drops as part of her treatment. Ms. Smith she filled the prescription later that day at her local CVS, but she was given the medicine in the form of ear drops rather than the prescribed eye drops. She contacted the pharmacist after the drops burned her eyes, informing the pharmacist about the burning sensation and that the label that said "use in ears only." However, the pharmacist instructed Ms. Smith that the drops were safe for use and can be used in both the ears and eyes.

Unfortunately, the medicine was not interchangeable. Ms. Smith's prescription could be used in her ears, but the ear drops she was given could not be used in her eyes. As a result of using the ear drops in her eyes, Ms. Smith's eyes became swollen and sensitive to light, causing her severe pain. Ms. Smith's eyes were later treated, and she was prescribed additional medications. However, Ms. Smith's vision has deteriorated to 20/80, and she must wear sunglasses continually as a result of her injuries. Ms. Smith further alleges she lost her job and has been unable to attend college classes.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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