Denver Allergic Reaction Malpractice Attorneys
Were You Harmed by a Careless Doctor?
Allergic reactions to drugs and medicine occur when your body treats the drug as an invader, setting off your immune system. Allergic reactions may be caused by any type of medication, whether over-the-counter or prescribed. An allergic reaction can range in severity from a relatively minor discomfort of rashes, hives, and fevers to life-threatening anaphylaxis, which causes the body to go into shock.
Doctors are required to follow strict regulations in prescribing and administering medications, including checking for allergies and monitoring patients after administering a medication. If you suffered an allergic reaction to a medication and your medical provider failed to ensure the drug was safe to administer, you may have a medical malpractice case.
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The Hazards of Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is an acute and systemic allergic response of shock that progresses rapidly to a shutdown of the patient’s body. This condition may be fatal if not treated with epinephrine.
An anaphylactic reaction usually starts with a rash or flushing at the face and chest, followed by welts appearing on the body. Within the first 15 to 30 minutes, victims may experience a shortness of breath, followed by loss of consciousness, as the heart is unable to provide enough oxygen to the brain.
If you or a loved one had an allergic reaction to a medication and suffered anaphylaxis due to medical negligence, you may face serious medical consequences.
How Medical Malpractice Can Lead to an Allergic Reaction
There are several ways a doctor can fail to provide the accepted standard of care, triggering an allergic reaction to medication that results in serious injury or death:
- A failure to check a patient for allergies to the medication: Medical practitioners are legally required to check for any known allergies before administering medication. If a medication was administered that was known to be dangerous for the patient, this action would constitute medical malpractice.
- Administering a drug known to cause an adverse effect when combined with another drug the patient is currently taking: Many types of drugs are likely to cause complications when combined.
- A misdiagnosis and wrong medication: If your condition is misdiagnosed and you are administered a medication that causes an allergic reaction, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.
- A dosage that is too high for a patient to withstand: A doctor is required to understand your medical history and determine what types of doses your body can reasonably sustain. Overdosing beyond what could be reasonably expected, when it leads to injury or death, may constitute medical malpractice.
- Failure to monitor a patient after administering a medication, leading to delayed treatment for anaphylaxis: When a medical practitioner administers a new medication, it is reasonable to expect the patient will be monitored to ensure no adverse allergic reactions occur. If the failure to monitor the health of the patient leads to delayed treatment of anaphylaxis, this may be a case of medical malpractice.
Liability in an Allergic Reaction Malpractice Case
The compensation you may recover will reflect the severity of the physical damage caused by the medication. Your medical malpractice attorney can pursue compensation for the following expenses:
- Current and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Custodial care
In cases of wrongful death, survivors may pursue compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses leading up to death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium (the loss of companionship and emotional support of a spouse)
- Loss of financial support
- Emotional anguish
Putting Your Life Back Together
If you were hurt by another person’s reckless behavior, you shouldn’t have to pay your own medical expenses. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our award-winning attorneys can file a claim to help you get the money you need to get better.
We always have time for our clients, and we’ll never stop fighting for you. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’re on your side.
Call (303) 759-9945 to learn more today.
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