Medication mistakes are a common problem and may be cause for concern. Prescription errors can create medical problems or may lead to death. A lawsuit was recently filed by the family of a woman who died after having taken medication that should not have been prescribed, according to her family. The lawsuit states that the doctors failed to properly evaluate the woman’s condition before making the ill-fated prescription. The lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of the family of an amount greater than $50,000.
Medication errors are all too common an occurrence. Mistakes may be made in a number of areas including in the initial diagnosis and prescription by the doctor, in filling the prescription by a pharmacist, and by those administrating the medications. Medical errors, including medication mistakes, are the third most common cause of death in the United States. Medication errors can and should be prevented.
Fluconazole Prescribed Improperly
Fluconazole is a medication that is used to treat fungal or yeast infections in the body. These infections are typically located in the mouth or throat, vagina, or bloodstream of the patient. The medication can be taken orally or intravenously. There are a number of serious side-effects that may occur in some patients.
These side effects should be reviewed with the patient before administration of the drug. The medication is not recommended for patients with certain previous medical conditions. In this instance, the doctor failed to evaluate the woman’s condition before prescribing Fulconazole and the woman suffered severe injuries as a result.
Mistake Caused Serious Injuries
According to the lawsuit, the prescription mistake caused serious injuries to the woman, which led to severe deterioration in her health and ultimately, her death. Proper examination and diagnosis along with adequate evaluation of the woman’s prior medical history would likely have prevented the doctor from making a medical error. Medical mistakes are also known as cases of medical malpractice.
Doctors and other medical professionals are held to a high standard of care. When they make a mistake or fail to properly diagnose a condition, severe injuries can result to the patient. In this case, the woman’s health was negatively impacted by the mistake and the woman later died. The medication error certainly caused her medical condition to worsen and contributed to her death.
Resolving Problems Due to Medical Mistakes
When a medical mistake leads to a serious injury or death, the patient and family are devastated. They know that their loved one would not have been hurt except for the error that should not have been made. Although there is nothing that will change the outcome of the problem, the doctor should be held accountable for his actions. The mistake needs to be reported and legal action may be necessary. The family in this case may be eligible for compensation including medical costs associated with the injury as well as punitive damages.
If you suffered an injury due to the mistake of a doctor, call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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