Medical mistakes are, unfortunately, a very common occurrence in the United States. In fact, medical errors account for thousands of deaths each year and are now the third top cause of death. Of the many errors, medical mistakes are likely the most common. A man recently filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a doctor and hospital claiming negligence led to serious injuries. The lawsuit claims the man was prescribed the wrong medication, in the incorrect dosage, causing pain and serious side effects. He seeks damages that include money for his injuries as well as legal fees.
Prescription errors include several areas of concern. A doctor may prescribe a medication that is incorrect or in the improper dosage. Some medications may have adverse interactions with other types of medications, so it is essential for doctors to fully understand the patient’s medical history before making a prescription. A pharmacy may make a mistake when filling a prescription by using the wrong ingredients or the improper mixture.
Patients may take the wrong dosage or could take the medication at the wrong intervals. The medication label is supposed to provide instructions for taking the prescription. If the instructions are wrong or the patient doesn’t follow them, injuries may occur. A drug overdose is possible when taking many types of prescription medications. Caregivers are also often at fault for administering drugs improperly. Medications can get mixed up, or are provided to patients at the wrong times or without attention to the instructions. For example, some medications must be taken with food or at specific intervals.
Mistakes with medications are preventable. Doctors, pharmacists, and caregivers must be more attentive when doing their jobs. Being overworked or understaffed can create situations that increase the potential for errors. In some cases, mistakes are found before they can harm a patient. Sometimes, however, medication mistakes harm patients. A patient may experience minor discomfort or side effects, which will not cause permanent injury. Unfortunately, mistakes may cause serious injuries or even death to a patient. In this case, the patient suffered severe physical pain and other side effects as a result of taking the wrong medication.
Treatment of Tuberculosis
The patient in this case has tuberculosis, a serious disease. The doctor prescribed Itraconazole, a medicine usually used to treat fungal lung infections. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor failed to prescribe the proper medication to treat tuberculosis. Additionally, the suit indicates that the pharmacy failed to notice that the prescription was problematic and that the dosage was completely incorrect. As a result of taking the medication, the man was seriously harmed. His injuries and pain would have been avoided had the doctor not been negligent in prescribing the medication. Medical negligence occurs when a doctor or other medical professional does something that is harmful to a patient.
If you suffered a serious injury because of a medication mistake, you may be owed compensation for your damages. Call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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