If you are like most Americans, you have been prescribed some kind of prescription drug. In fact, the use of prescription drugs is accelerating in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for example, the sale of prescription opioids in the U.S has nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, though the amount of pain Americans reported has not changed overall. The rate of overdose on prescription drugs has also been on the rise.
Prescription drugs may be helpful, even life-saving. But, when they are prescribed incorrectly or risk factors disregarded, they can also be deadly.
Adverse Drug Reactions
Adverse drug reactions may range from minor symptoms such as a slight headache or a funny taste in your mouth to serious, or even deadly, reactions. Some examples of serious adverse drug reactions include:
- Blood clots caused by birth control drugs
- Kidney damage caused by Tetracycline
- Liver damage caused by overuse of Acetaminophen
More than 1.5 million people are hospitalized yearly, and more than 100,000 people die from adverse reactions to drugs, many of which were improperly prescribed. A recent review by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that 4.6 million visits to the emergency room each year were drug related. Half of these visits were due to adverse reactions or inappropriately prescribed medication.
We regularly trust medical professionals with our health. When we are at our most vulnerable, we rely on them to heal us both mentally and physically. When a doctor is negligent in prescribing medication, the results can be catastrophic. When the person you trust to heal you acts negligently and causes you harm, you may be entitled to compensation.
Negligence Involving Drug Interactions and Personal Risk Factors
There are many prescription drugs that are perfectly safe for most people when taken by themselves, but be dangerous or deadly when taken in combination, or by someone with certain underlying health conditions.
Often, the negative effects of mixing certain drugs, or of prescribing certain drugs for people with particular medical conditions, are well known. However, they are sometimes still prescribed in combination or to people who are at particular risk.
These oversights can happen for many reasons, some of the most common being:
- Diagnostic errors
- Inadequate patient health histories or failure to review health history
- Not asking what drugs a patient is already taking
- Failure to properly document the drugs a patient is prescribed
Finding Help with Your Tampa Prescription Drug Injury Case
Pursuing a malpractice claim relating to negligent prescription of medications can be complicated, and requires an understanding of the medical standard of care and of the type and degree of known risk. The potential for a person without a medical/legal background to make serious mistakes in discussing the claim with insurers and other parties is high.
Contact us today so you can move out of the dark and murky waters of medical malpractice and rest easy knowing your prescription drug injury case is in capable hands. Some damages you may be entitled to include:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of accommodations
Talk to one of our lawyers to learn more.
It’s Never Too Soon to Talk to a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you’ve suffered an injury due to negligent prescribing of a medication or lost a loved one, you shouldn’t have to contend with insurance companies trying to reduce or delay your claims, and you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll pay the mounting medical bills.
Call 1-800-253-5523 or fill out the free consultation form on this page to find out how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.