People go to their doctors when they are sick—trusting their doctors will prescribe them the correct medications to help them get better or relieve their symptoms. While most doctors in this nation are very careful when it comes to prescribing medications to their patients, some doctors have made horrific mistakes due to a lapse in judgment, lack of concentration, or because they were in a rush.
Doctors are supposed to check their patients’ age, weight, allergies, and other medications they are taking before they prescribe a new medication for their patients. When a doctor fails to do this correctly, a patient can suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, wrong dosages and medications have been prescribed to patients because doctors have:
- Poor handwriting
- Selected the wrong medication from the drop down list on the computer
- Prescribed a child an adult dosage
- Failed to double check a patient’s allergies
- Forgot to check for drug interactions with the patient’s current medications
Patients trust their doctors to prescribe the right medication, and they often don’t know that a medication mistake has been made until it is too late. Sadly, things can go wrong, and the wrong drug or dosage of drug can reach a patient—causing that patient to suffer:
- Allergic reactions
- Respiratory failure
- Heart attack
- Brain injury
- Wrongful death
When patients are prescribed drugs they are allergic to or that conflicts with a medication they are already taking, or if they receive an incorrect medication or dosage as a result of doctor error, their doctors can be held liable. Doctors have a duty of care they have to uphold. When they fail to do their job carefully and patients are harmed or die as a result, they need to be held accountable.
If your family member died because of a doctor error, you should speak with a skilled Broward County wrongful death lawyer about your rights. You can reach the Law Office of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to speak about your Florida wrongful death claim in a free case consultation today.