When a medical professional determines that you need a medication in order to treat an acute or chronic condition, the expectation is that the prescribed drug will be safe for you to take. Many prescription drugs have serious side effects, can adversely interact with other medications and cause debilitating allergic reactions. Medication errors can put you at risk of suffering significant harm. Sadly, some Texas residents die from issues with medications.
Doctors could prescribe or nurses could administer the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. Of course, this assumes that the medication is actually given to the patient at all. Conversely, a patient could be given too much of a medication, such as a sedative. Damage could also occur if an anesthesiologist does not properly monitor a patient's vital signs during surgery.
A pharmacist could improperly prepare a prescription, which could also result in a patient receiving the wrong dosage or medication. If a Texas resident's doctor fails to take a proper family and medical history, a dangerous allergic reaction or drug interaction could occur. These are just some of the mistakes regarding medications that could cause serious or deadly harm to a patient.
You may exercise your right to file a medical malpractice claim if you or a member of your family suffered injury from medication errors. First, evidence must be provided to the court documenting that a doctor, nurse or pharmacist was negligent and that serious harm or death was the result. Other parties may also bear some liability, such as hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. Successfully proving negligence against any or all of the parties could result in an award of damages for medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering -- and burial and funeral expenses in the case of death. Consultation service from the Maloney lawyers is free. Contact us today to get started.