Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. From organ transplantation to replacement prosthesis, our healthcare in 2018 offers unlimited benefits.
Unfortunately, with so many medical treatments and services being available to the general public, some medical providers and doctors sacrifice the quality of care provided to patients.
Fact: Roughly 1.3 million Americans sustain injuries due to medical errors each year, according to estimations by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA).
Medication errors comprise a fair share of those medical errors that injure more than a million American people each year. Today, our Cooper City medical malpractice attorney at Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., is going to discuss the issue of doctors and pharmacists prescribing contraindicated medication.
When prescribing contraindicated medication constitutes medical malpractice
Turns out, the problem of prescription and dispensation of contraindicated medication to patients is more common than you think. Some of you might wonder, “What is contraindicated medication?” Let us explain.
A contraindicated medication is any medication that causes injury or has an adverse effect on a patient due to its negative reaction to a pre-existing condition, factor or due to the interaction of one drug with another.
More often than not, this type of medical error occurs when a doctor negligently prescribes two different types of medication, which cause a complication or an adverse effect when these drugs are combined. In some cases, when drugs are mixed, they can cause blood clots and other life-threatening conditions.
“Another common example of prescribing contraindicated medication is when doctors do not pay attention to, miss, or consciously ignore the information that would be relevant when prescribing the medication or determining contraindications,” says our experienced medical malpractice attorney in Cooper City. “This information includes but is not limited to medical history, prior conditions, test results, medical imaging, and others.”
How to sue a doctor for prescribing contraindicated medication?
Under Florida law, physicians, doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals have a duty to prevent unnecessary and avoidable complications and side effects caused by interactions of one drug with another or of a drug and a pre-existing condition or other factor.
If a medical professional was not aware of the potential side effect or harm that would have been caused when prescribing contraindicated medication, ignorance does not help escape liability. This is because pharmacists, physicians, and other medical professionals are held to a higher standard of care compared to other professions.
In Florida, you can sue a doctor, pharmacist, or physician for medical malpractice if you can prove that another reasonably prudent and careful medical professional would have not made the same medical error under similar circumstances.
Consult with a medical malpractice lawyer for free
Under Florida law, you may have a right to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent doctor and/or hospital. Typically, there are not one but several parties you can sue for medical malpractice. The more parties you can sue in your medical malpractice claim, the larger the number of compensable damages.
If you have been injured or otherwise harmed by prescription or dispensation of contraindicated medication, consult with a Cooper City medical malpractice attorney from Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., to speak about your particular case. You may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, disability, and other damages. Get a free consultation by calling at 954-438-1000 .