Is a Side Effect Evidence of Medical Malpractice?
Not always. Some side effects are well recognized based on the care and treatment or medication that's being prescribed. Some are rare; some are not so rare. However, there are side effects that are not anticipated and should not occur. It's those side effects that may be due to medical malpractice.
If there's any question as to whether or not the side effects are expected, and part of the care and treatment to be expected, then you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney so that he can investigate the circumstances surrounding your care and treatment to determine if the side effects related to the care in question are due to medical malpractice or not.
Oftentimes it requires getting a complete set of the medical records, getting the imaging studies and all available information concerning the care and treatment, sending those records to one or more experts to determine if in fact the side effects in question is a result of medical errors, medical malpractice, or part of the care and treatment that's anticipated.
Again, all medications have certain side effects. However, if a doctor prescribes the wrong medication, or too much of a medication, or not enough of a medication, then a patient may have severe side effects that should not have occurred. It's those cases where it's likely due to medical malpractice. If there's any question, I would recommend that you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney, who can then thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the care in question.