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What To Do When a Prescription Drug Causes Injury or Illness

Published on October 23rd, 2020

Personal Injury Lawyer

When you go to the doctor and he or she prescribes a certain medication, you generally expect the medication to help your condition. What happens when the medication causes your condition to get worse, or causes a new injury or illness all together? Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury settlement. The following are some things you should do after a prescription drug injury or illness.

Get a Second Opinion

You could take your new issue back to the doctor who prescribed the medication, or you could get a second opinion from another trusted medical professional. In any case, your injury or illness could be serious, so it’s important you consult someone who can help. A doctor may get you on another prescription to counteract what has happened, you may need surgery, you could need some type of therapy or you could need another type of medical attention. In any case, see a professional and get your health taken care of first.

Check Your Medication

In some rare cases, it ends up being the patient who took the wrong dose, took the wrong pill out of the medicine cupboard or another similar mistake. Check your prescription medication to ensure you did everything right. Did you take the right dose? Did you give yourself enough time between doses? Did you use the full course? Did you miss a few doses? All of these issues can cause adverse reactions, unwanted side effects, and sometimes illness or injury.

Get In Touch With an Attorney

If you’ve checked your medication and gotten a second opinion, and signs still point to your medication being the cause of an injury or illness, it might be time to take legal action. You could have a chance at a personal injury lawsuit or medical malpractice lawsuit.

Your lawyer can take a closer look at the case to determine what action you can take. He or she can conduct an investigation to determine why the doctor may have prescribed the medication that was prescribed. He or she can look into whether it was the pharmacist who messed up with filling the order. When all the investigations are done, your lawyer can help you file a personal injury lawsuit.

You don’t have to deal with injuries or illnesses sustained from an improper prescription medication on your own. Contact a personal injury lawyer, like from Davis & Brusca, today to get started with someone by your side.

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