Washington Allergic Reaction Malpractice Lawyers
An allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system is triggered by substances it recognizes as foreign and harmful. Frequent causes of allergic reactions are caused by foods, medication, animal stings, and latex. These reactions may be severe and may even result in death.
There is no room for error when it comes to potentially fatal medical conditions. That’s why doctors and medical facilities must follow strict procedures to prevent patients from receiving drugs that cause allergic reactions. Patients suffering from an allergic reaction must receive the correct diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible.
It may be medical malpractice if you were harmed due to being given the wrong medication or if a healthcare professional failed to provide the necessary treatment for an allergic reaction.
The experienced trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our team will investigate your case and file a claim to help you recover damages if someone’s negligent actions caused your injuries.
Call our Washington medical malpractice lawyers at (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.
An allergic reaction occurs when a person’s body treats a substance like a harmful invader. A substance that triggers an allergic response is referred to as an allergen. Common allergens include foods such as peanuts, pet dander, and medications.
During an allergic reaction, your immune system releases histamine and other chemicals, causing symptoms, such as itching, sneezing, or hives.
Most allergic reactions are minor, but severe cases may result in anaphylaxis, a life-threatening form of allergy-induced shock. Patients suffering from anaphylaxis require immediate medical attention. Symptoms include:
- Tightening of the airway
- Inability to breath
- A drop in blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of consciousness
- Swollen lips, tongue, or throat
- Runny nose
Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional provides care that deviates from standard medical practices, harming the patient. If it’s established that a reasonably qualified doctor could have acted differently in the same situation, then you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.
Although anaphylaxis is frequently triggered by food allergies, prescription medication is the most common cause of fatal allergic reactions. When a patient is suffering from an allergic reaction, it’s crucial they receive proper treatment immediately. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis may have tragic consequences.
Examples of allergies medical malpractice include:
- Failure to collect a patient’s medical history and add it to the intake form
- Failure to convey a patient’s allergy information to a doctor or pharmacist
- Defective medication
- Pharmacy errors
- Failure to inform a patient about the seriousness of their allergies
- Performing surgery using latex gloves on a patient with a known latex allergy
- Failure to prescribe an emergency allergy treatment device such as an EpiPen
- Administering allergy shots that are much larger than the recommended dosage
- Failure to correctly diagnose an allergic reaction and provide timely medical intervention
- Prescribing medications such as antibiotics that are similar to documented patient allergies
When the people who are supposed to care for you cause you harm, the effects can be physically and emotionally devastating. The trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have dedicated our practice to getting justice for people who were harmed by the careless actions of others.
Our team will thoroughly investigate medical records, hospital procedures, and internal medical communications and documents. We’ll also interview witnesses and consult with medical experts to discover the true cause of your injuries.
As soon as we have a clear picture of what you’ve been through, our Washington medical malpractice attorneys will file a claim on your behalf. If the other side isn’t willing to make a reasonable offer, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is always prepared to take them to court.
A personal injury claim for injuries caused by allergy medical malpractice includes the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Loss of income
- Medical devices
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning potential
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Wrongful death
Allergic reactions to medication are often caused by failure to communicate essential patient information. In these cases, administrators responsible for establishing effective safety procedures may be at fault.
Whether your injuries were caused by inadequate safety protocols or the negligent acts of a medical professional, you have the right to seek compensation. The following parties may be held liable for harm caused by medical malpractice that relates to allergies:
- Health care professionals
- Hospital administrators
- Medical offices
- Nursing homes
- Urgent care centers
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’ve won record-breaking settlements for our clients, notifying people that negligent medical care will not be tolerated.
We believe in treating all clients with compassion and will always be available to you.
Call us at (877) 433-3906 to schedule your initial consultation at no charge.