Consuming medications for a condition, injury, or other medical problem can be beneficial for the person, yet medications have been linked to numerous side effects. In addition to the possible side effects that can be experienced by the individual, if the medication is associated with any form of medical negligence, the threats grow to become immense. At least one type of medication is being consumed by more than 50% of the American population for a medical condition that they have. With so many individuals being prescribed medications, the health care providers who have prescribed them or are administering them must do so while applying the standard of care. Before suggesting a patient to consume a certain medication, the medical professional must ensure that there are no known allergies or other complications that can form as a result of its consumption.
The medication might be maintaining the patient’s condition at bay, it may be relieving them of the pain, but when anything goes wrong with the drug, their condition may worsen and they may feel intense pain, or even die. West Palm Beach medication error malpractice attorneys have seen the consequences that can come from medical negligence with prescribed medications. The firm strives to aid those victims. Medication should be taken seriously because it can mean the difference between a person living and a person being subjected to a life-threatening situation.
Medical Negligence with Medications
Medical negligence with medication can be prevented, but unfortunately, it happens quite often. In fact, it is amongst the top medical negligence that tends to occur with patients. Medication negligence can be seen in the following situations:
- Not researching the patients’ medical history for potential allergies
- Unskilled physician with the specific medication
- Reaction with multiple medications because the physician was unaware of the effect it could have
- Administering a too much of a dose
Information and Numbers on Medication
- About 70% of the American population takes at least one medication
- Anti-depressants are found to be consumed by 25% of women between the ages 50 and 64
- 17% of medications prescribed are antibiotics; 13% are opioids, and 13% are anti-depressants
You Rely on Medication
Medication can be a valuable asset in a person’s life, especially if they are suffering from a medical problem. When there is a medical negligence with the medication, that medication may not be good for the patient. In fact, it may deteriorate their condition even further and cause them to suffer more damages. A medication malpractice attorney at the West Palm Beach firm of Percy Martinez can speak with the victim to work on their next move and to obtain compensation for the damages they have had to go through.