As attorneys who specialize in handling medical malpractice cases, we have seen many examples of patients who have suffered significant side effects from taking medications prescribed by their physicians.
Prescription Medications Can Have Unforeseen Side Effects
A report released in April by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has found that the number of hospitalizations due to medication side effects has increased over by over 50% between 2004 and 2008. While medications can certainly help treat a patient's condition, unfortunately they can also cause problems as well. While a physician who prescribes a particular medication, or a pharmaceutical company who manufactures a particular medication, can be negligent in causing the side effects of a patient, that is not always the case. There are occasions when a patient can suffer a known side effect that was properly disclosed to the patient. As a result, it is important that patients understand the risks associated with any medication being prescribed. Before taking any medication, be sure to ask your doctor what his/her experience in prescribing that medication is, what the risks and side effects of that medicaiton are, and whether any other medications you are taking are known to interact with the newly proposed medication.
Contact a Fairfax Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you've been injured or suffered from complications due to prescription drug side effects, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your strife. Contact our experienced medical malpractice lawyers today to schedule a free case evaluation. For immediate assistance, call (703) 721-4233.