You visited your doctor because you were sick. He ended up prescribing you the wrong medication. As a result, you were hurt by the medication. The question is – do you have a medical malpractice claim in hand?
The answer is both yes and no. Sure, you were hurt by constantly taking the wrong medication, but are you able to prove that it was the doctor who made a mistake? Only if you can prove that it was the doctor (not the pharmacist or the drug manufacturing company) who made the mistake, by issuing the wrong type of medication, you will have a valid claim in hand.
First Step: Proving Negligence
Most of these situations start with a consultation with an attorney. If you do not have one on speed dial, you can call Dan Doyle Law Group and schedule a free initial consultation with medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia. Once you do that, you will receive a free evaluation and continue from there.
Once that is out of the way, the next step is proving negligence. To establish a case, you have to determine:
- What was the medical standard (when you were treated)
- How your doctor deviated from that medical standard
- Your (complete) injuries and how your health was affected by the wrong medication
Once you can determine that, you will be one step closer to filing a successful medical malpractice claim. Keep in mind that your future is on the line and that you can obtain a substantial compensation if your claim is successful. However, if your claim is denied, you will be left with a lot of medical bills. Do not risk your future; call attorneys today and increase your chances of filing a successful claim.
Understanding The Standard of Care
If you can prove that your doctor failed to meet the standard of care when treating you, you will be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim. The question is: what exactly did your doctor do (or did not do) that was not according to the hospital’s standards?
There are many ways in which a doctor could make a mistake, especially when prescribing your medication. The most common examples are:
- The doctor prescribed the wrong dosage
- The doctor prescribed the medication for the wrong amount of time
- The doctor failed to provide instructions on how to take the medication
- The doctor prescribed medication that was dangerous in interaction with one of the other medications that you were taking at the time
- The doctor prescribed you a medication that you were allergic to
- The doctor prescribed a medication that was ineffective and only worsens your condition
- The doctor failed to relay a drug manufacturer’s warning of risks and side effects (which must be done for you to make the right decision)
Remember that the only way to know for sure whether you can file a claim or not is by speaking with the Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys. Be sure to give them a call right away, and act accordingly to secure your compensation.