It is very important for medical professionals and facilities that prescribe and give medications to not act negligently when it comes to medications. Negligence involving medications can result in medication errors. Such errors can cause great harm to individuals. Sadly, such errors can sometimes even result in an individual’s death.
Recently, a wrongful death and medical malpractice case involving allegations of medication-related negligence has arisen in Tennessee. The case involves a man who reportedly checked into a drug rehabilitation center in Tennessee in 2010. Allegedly, two days after coming to the center, the man died.
The man’s mother claims that the center acted negligently in regards to the man and that this negligence contributed to the man’s death. Specifically, the mother alleges that the center gave the man medications that it shouldn’t have and failed to properly monitor his condition.
According to the Tennessean article which reported this story, the man’s mother has brought a lawsuit in Tennessee against the drug rehabilitation center in connection to these allegations. In this lawsuit, the man’s mother reportedly is asking for damages. It will be interesting to see what happens in this case.
As the allegations in this case illustrate, medication errors can be very harmful. No patient should have to have his or her health or life put at risk because a medical professional or facility committed medication-related negligence. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and facilities make sure to not expose individuals to negligence like that alleged in the case mentioned above.
Source: The Tennessean, “New Life Lodge sued over second patient’s death,” Nate Rau, Sept. 15, 2011