The Number of Medical Malpractice Claims Due to Prescription Drug Errors Skyrockets

The Number of Medical Malpractice Claims Due to Prescription Drug Errors Skyrockets

As the number of patient’s addicted to prescription drugs has skyrocketed over the last decade, so too has the number of viable medical malpractice claims based on prescription errors/abuse. In general, prescription errors may form the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit where the wrong medication or wrong dosage is prescribed and a patient is harmed.

However, with the rise in prescription drug abuse, an increasing number of suits are finding doctors and hospitals at fault for continuing to prescribe controlled prescription drugs to known addicts, leading to catastrophic injuries and deaths. Further, doctors and medical staff are being held accountable for the failure to monitor and wean patients off of powerful drugs that they have prescribed.

In a recently settled matter, a woman filed a lawsuit asserting that a medical group had prescribed the anti-anxiety medication, lorazepam, for many years to her husband, then abruptly stopped filling the prescription. The group did not monitor the patient’s withdrawal symptoms, or provide alternatives to wean him off the controlled substance. Despite contacting the group for help when withdrawal symptoms occurred, he was not provided assistance. Shortly thereafter he committed suicide. The lawsuit asserted negligence on behalf of the medical group for failing to adequately monitor the patient and failing to adequately taper his use off the medication which they had initially prescribed.

If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of prescription drug errors or abuse, please contact our dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson LLP for an immediate consultation.

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