Failure to advise patient about medications lead to amputation

Individuals who undergo medical procedures or surgeries must also often take some sort of prescription medication. These medications may be to prevent infections or some other adverse side effect of the procedure. If the dosage of these medications is incorrect or the wrong medication is administered, the effects can be devastating and result in a patient suffering permanent and debilitating injuries and even death.

A woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a medical clinic related to an error with her medication that lead to her suffering severe injuries. According to the lawsuit, the woman underwent a surgical procedure in which a stent was inserted into her leg. She was then prescribed a series of medications which she was instructed to take for a year after the procedure to prevent possible complications from developing.

A week prior to a follow-up appointment, a doctor advised the woman to discontinue taking the medications in preparation for an injection. However, after her appointment, the doctor failed to advise the woman to continue taking the medications. As a result, the woman suffered a stroke and experienced complications which subsequently necessitated that her leg be amputated.

She is suing the medical clinic and asserts the clinic and its doctors were negligent in failing to properly advise and instruct her about her medications. Due to the defendant’s negligent acts, the woman suffered a debilitating injury that has left her without use of her leg and has severely impacted her quality of life. She is seeking to recover damages related to physical and mental pain and anguish as well as medical expenses.

Source: The Louisiana Record, “Pain clinic sued after woman has stroke and leg amputation,” Kyle Barnett, Oct. 28, 2013

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