A case has recently arisen involving allegations of medication-related negligence. The case involves a hospital in Louisiana.
Reportedly, on Dec. 11, 2010, a man received care at the hospital’s emergency room. According to the man, during this care, a doctor ordered that he be given the medication Nexium.
The man claims that the hospital’s staff then mistakenly gave him insulin instead of Nexium. According to the man, this alleged medication error by the hospital’s staff resulted in him suffering a seizure.
The man claims that he suffered a variety of harms as a result of this incident, including physical impairment, mental impairment and pain.
A lawsuit has been brought against the hospital by the man and his wife in a court in Louisiana in connection to these allegations. It will be interesting to see what happens in this medical malpractice case and how it is ultimately resolved.
The allegations in this case illustrate one of the types of medication errors that sometimes occurs during medical care: the giving of the incorrect medication.
No patient should have to be subjected to this type of error. Such errors can be incredibly impactful. When a patient is mistakenly given a medication other than the one they were supposed to receive, it can result in the patient suffering great harm. In some severe circumstances, such errors can even result in a patient’s death.
As can be seen in this case, individuals will sometimes pursue medical malpractice claims in connection to an alleged incident of medication-related negligence. Medical malpractice claims can play a major role in holding medical professionals and medical facilities accountable when they commit medication errors or other medical negligence.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Ochsner sued over man’s seizure after allegedly giving him the wrong medication,” Kyle Barnett, June 17, 2013