Medical Malpractice Attorney Representing Victims of Medication Errors
When we are sick, or we need medical help, we trust that our doctors are prescribing the correct medication. And when we are in the hospital, we trust our care to the nurses and hospital staff. We believe that they are giving us the right medication. That is not always the case. Medication errors still happen.
Doctors may not prescribe the correct medication. Doctors may ignore signs and symptoms indicating a medication error. Nurses and hospital staff may neglect to give the right medication. They may ignore a medication allergy. Over-prescribing or overdosing medication can cause catastrophic injuries.
People who have surgery or who have chronic pain frequently consult with their doctors about pain management. Pain management medications are highly addictive. Doctors must keep a close eye on patients. Doctors must pay particular care not to over-prescribe these medications. Since there is a serious risk of complications with pain medications, and with other medications, doctors must adhere to the standard of care when prescribing them. Failing to do so can be medical malpractice.
Commonly Over-Prescribed or Overdosed Medications
Every medication has potential side effects. Pain medications can cause heart or liver damage. Anesthesia medications can cause respiratory depression. Anesthesia medication can alter a patient’s mental status leading to falls. Seizure medication can also cause respiratory depression, leading to brain injuries. There are a number of medications that if over-prescribed or overdosed can lead to serious injuries including:
• Muscle relaxants
• Psychiatric medications
• Anesthesia medications
• Pain medications
These cases require dedication and attention to detail. Investigating the cause can be time-consuming. Chelsie King Garza has experience successfully handling these matters.
Medication Errors such as Over Dosing Can Have Serious Side Effects
Many medications come with serious side effects. These side effects can be life-threatening, when the medication is not given in the proper dose, or is given to someone who is allergic. Serious complications can include:
• Heart damage
• Liver damage
• Respiratory depression
• Brain injuries
• Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
These injuries can cause significant financial harm to those who are injured and their families. The cost of medical care is ever increasing, and the wages that are lost due to the injury can greatly impact a family.
Contact a Houston Medication Error Attorney
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed due to a prescription drug overdose, or due to over-prescribing of medication, contact Chelsie King Garza today for a free consultation. Chelsie King Garza is a medical malpractice attorney with experience handling prescription error cases.