No patient should have to be subjected to medication-related negligence. Such negligence can be very impactful. Such negligence can sometimes even have fatal results.
Recently, a wrongful death case has arisen in Texas which involves allegations of medication-related negligence. The case involves a now-deceased elderly woman and the care she received from a doctor.
In 2009, the elderly woman had a minor stroke. Reportedly, after this occurred, the above-mentioned doctor prescribed the woman Coumadin.
The woman's daughter claims that, in 2011, the doctor acted negligently in connection to the woman's care. Specifically, the woman's daughter claims that the doctor failed to put the woman back on Coumadin after the Coumadin prescription expired.
Reportedly, in March 2011, the woman had a massive stroke. In September 2011, the woman died. The woman's daughter claims that the woman's March 2011 stroke and the woman's death could have been prevented had the doctor put the woman back on Coumadin after the expiration of the prescription.
A lawsuit has been brought by the woman's daughter in a court in Texas against the doctor in connection to the above allegations. Reportedly, this lawsuit is asking for damages. One wonders what will ultimately happen in this case.
As the allegations in this case underscore, medication-related negligence by medical professionals can sometimes result in a patient dying. No patient should have to suffer fatal harm and no family should have to suffer the loss of a loved one because a medical professional failed to act properly. Thus, one hopes that all medical professionals make sure to not commit medication-related negligence against patients.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Suit alleges doctor failed to use meds that could have saved woman's life," Kelly Holleran, Feb. 20, 2013