Doctors in Texas need a great deal of knowledge in order to accurately treat a person's ailments. They must be aware of a patient's medical history and determine how a medication might interact with current prescriptions and existing medical conditions. Failure to do so could result in medication errors that have serious consequences on a person's life. For example, a woman claims in a recently filed lawsuit that her husband experienced renal failure due to an improper prescription.
According to court papers, the man began experiencing kidney failure in Oct. 2012. In April 2013, he was reportedly advised of the importance of avoiding medications that are known to be toxic to the kidneys. Unfortunately, his medical issues became more complicated when he was diagnosed with cancer in May 2014.
Eventually, doctors allegedly prescribed him Zometa even though the drug is known to cause issues for patients with kidney issues. His wife claims that he went into total renal failure just two weeks after starting the medication. As a result, he reportedly had to undergo dialysis until his death in Feb. 2015. He was 51 years old when he passed away.
Patients and their loved ones put their trust in medical care providers, expecting that such professionals will help them make decisions that will help their medical issues. Unfortunately, a miscalculation or lack of familiarity with a person's medical history could result in medication errors. Successfully navigating a medical malpractice lawsuit is one method of ensuring the doctors and medical care facilities in Texas are held responsible for their mistakes. Consultation service from Maloney Law is free. Contact us today to get started.
Source: chronicle.augusta.com, "Veteran's wife files malpractice suit against Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center", Sandy Hodson, Sept. 22, 2015