Contraindications and Medical Malpractice
We count on our medical professionals to provide their services without making any mistakes. Unfortunately, there are a number of different ways that a medical professional can make errors, including prescribing the wrong medication or performing a procedure or surgery that could prove harmful to their patient. These errors can be devastating—even fatal.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLC have helped individuals in Georgia get the compensation they deserve following an error in medication, procedure, or surgery.
What is Contraindication in Regard to Medical Malpractice?
Contraindication refers to situations where a patient should not be prescribed a certain medication, or when a surgery or other procedure shouldn’t be performed because of the effect it would have on the patient’s health. If the patient is prescribed the wrong medication or two medications that should not be mixed, it can cause serious harm.
There are two different types of contraindication, absolute and relative:
- Absolute Contraindication: This refers to the cases in which a patient should not take a prescription or have a procedure no matter what. Perhaps the patient is allergic to the medication or the patient is pregnant and the prescription can cause birth defects.
- Relative Contraindication: Relative contraindications refer to cases in which two medications or procedures together would harm the patient. For example, prescribing a patient a medication with acetaminophen when they are already taking a drug high in acetaminophen can cause their liver to fail.
Who is at Fault in a Contraindications and Medical Malpractice Case?
Physicians and pharmacists can both be held responsible for contraindications.
When reviewing a patient’s medical history, a physician should note various potential hazards of possible prescription drugs and procedures. Understanding a patient’s history, allergies, preexisting conditions, and risks are all crucial to keeping them safe.
Pharmacists are responsible for catching any medication errors once they receive the prescription. They are the final line of defense, ensuring that dangerous drug combinations are not being administered. Of course, pharmacists can’t catch contraindications unless they have knowledge of all of your medications. That’s a good reason to use the same pharmacy all the time.
Call Us About Drug Contraindications and Medical Malpractice Cases in Atlanta
If you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of contraindicated medications or procedures, it’s important to seek the assistance of an experienced legal expert. The medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, have both legal and medical experience, which is vital to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Contact our team to schedule a free consultation and allow our Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys to review your contraindication case. Call us at 404-845-0012, or fill out our online contact form.