One thing that you might expect from your doctor is that the medications you need will be prescribed in an appropriate manner. It is imperative that you ask questions when you are given a new medication. This should include a verification of the name of the medication, the dose and the reason for it. You should also specifically ask if it will interact with any of the other medications that you are taking. You should also double check with your doctor for interactions with herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications.
Of course, it isn’t your job to have to do what your doctor should. These are just steps that you can take that can increase your safety. When a doctor makes an error with a medication, there is a good chance that the patient will suffer negative impacts of the error. This can mean anything from unpleasant side effects to life-threatening reactions.
We know that most people assume that their doctor won’t make errors. Don’t let that assumption fool you when you are under a doctor’s care. If you think something is amiss, it is a good idea to check it out. If you do find out that there was an error, you can explore your legal options.
A medical malpractice claim based on the medication error might be possible. This won’t take away the negative impacts you are dealing with, but it can help you recover the monetary damages that you have to deal with because of the issue. This might include the cost of treatment for the problem, as well as missed wages and other similar factors.