Medication Allergies, Severe Allergic Reactions, and Wrongful Deaths
Whether at a hospital, your doctor’s office, a specialist’s office, or an urgent care center, you are asked if you have any allergies to medications. As such, you should be able to expect that your doctor, nurses, and other care providers will ensure you do not receive any of those medications you may be allergic to. Yet hundreds of patients end up suffering a severe allergic reaction each year – many at the hands of their own care provider. In some cases, this may even lead to a wrongful death. If this has happened to you or someone you love, the following information can help you understand your rights.Examining the Scope of the Problem
Studies indicate that nearly two percent of all hospital admissions experience a preventable adverse drug event. Medication errors are thought to be responsible for the deaths of one out of 131 outpatient admissions and one out of every 854 inpatient admissions. These numbers, though seemingly minute, are rather disturbing once put into perspective. If considered on a nationwide scale, the increased cost to hospitals for preventable adverse drug events would come to about two billion dollars; that does not even begin to touch on the impact that these adverse events have on patients or their loved ones.When Treatment Leads to the Illness or Death of a Patient
While some allergies to medications are minor, others are severe. Patients can go from being fine to critical in just a matter of seconds. Some are so sensitive that they may not recover. Others may experience a delay in prompt correction of the mistake (i.e. administration of epinephrine), which may lead to respiratory distress, coma, death, or other serious medical conditions. In any one of these situations, the patient or their loved ones may have the right to pursue compensation for the injury, medical costs, and/or pain and suffering.Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Having the right to pursue a claim and successfully winning a case are not always the same thing. Medical malpractice cases are highly complex matters, and not all injured patients qualify. Even when they are, their injuries and the impact that they have had on the life of the patient may be minimized by the opposing team. That is why every victim needs an experienced medical malpractice lawyer on their side.
At Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, we fight for the rights and best interests of victims. Backed by a track record of success and committed to getting you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve, we can evaluate your case to determine your next step. Get the legal representation you need and deserve. Call (408) 289-1417 and schedule your free consultation with our San Jose medication error attorneys today.Sources