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Prescription inserts can backup medical malpractice suits

Botched surgeries, incorrect or delayed diagnoses can frequently result in lawsuits. If a person suffers harm at the hands of an Ohio physician through insufficient care a medical malpractice suit is often the result. Another source of malpractice can be the incorrect prescribing or dosing of medications.

People are familiar with the small inserts that typically accompany prescription medication. Those pieces of paper are viewed as legalese and frequently discarded. However, in addition to the legal language provided by the pharmaceutical company is also information regarding dosages, drug interactions and precautions to be noted if taking or prescribing the drug. In some recent cases, this information has been used in medical malpractice lawsuits.

In one instance, a teenager who was a distance runner was suffering from anxiety, dehydration and depression due to the illness of his grandmother. He was prescribed quetiapine and was found unresponsive sleeping in a recliner. The drug insert specifically stated that it should not be prescribed to patients suffering from dehydration. Another case involved a boy diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who was prescribed too high a dose of a medication, and as a result, he suffered heart failure and died. The insert contained very specific language on dosages determined by age and weight.

If a person in Ohio believes one has suffered an injury due to incorrect prescribing of a medication, a conversation with a personal injury attorney could prove useful. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the facts of the case and assess whether a medical malpractice suit is a feasible option. A successfully litigated claim can help with medical costs and other documented financial losses.

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