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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_140996341.jpgPrescription drugs are only available by doctor’s order for a reason - they can be dangerous if not used correctly. Patients rely on their medical providers to provide them with the correct prescriptions to treat their conditions while doing the least harm possible. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made regarding prescription medications, the consequences can be severe. Some patients may suffer serious harm, including wrongful death as a result of these careless mistakes. In some cases, these errors can amount to medical malpractice. If you or a loved one have been harmed due to a prescription drug error, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as you become aware. 

What Prescription Drug Mistakes Put Patients in Danger?

Taking your prescription medications exactly as your doctor has instructed is typically good advice. Doctors and nurse practitioners are held to a high standard of care in treating patients and should avoid certain mistakes. However, if your doctor has made a serious mistake, then following his instructions could put you in danger. You may be able to bring a claim against your prescriber in these circumstances: 

  • Allergies - If your prescriber should have known about your allergy and prescribed you a medication that you reacted to anyway, she may be liable. Allergic reactions vary significantly in severity, but the most serious reactions can quickly result in death. 


los angeles medical malpractice lawyerWhen you agree to have a surgical procedure, you are putting a lot of trust in the doctor who recommended the procedure. In most cases, this trust is well-placed. The vast majority of doctors will not tell a patient they need surgery unless that is really the case. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous surgeons out there who will perform surgeries that are not medically called for. This may be accidental, or it may be done purposely for profit. Either way, it is extremely dangerous and can amount to medical malpractice

No surgery comes without risks, so performing one without a compelling medical reason puts patients in harm’s way. If you had surgery done and are now unsure that it was needed, you should speak to a medical malpractice attorney to see whether you might have a claim. 

What Are the Risks of Unnecessary Surgery? 

An ethical doctor will balance the risks and benefits of a surgical procedure to determine whether having surgery is in the patient’s best interest. If there is no real medical benefit to the surgery, it should not be performed, period. Risks of needless surgery include: 


california nursing home abuse lawyerMany Californians trust nursing homes to care for their elderly family members professionally. It is always tragic when a nursing home resident faces any kind of abuse. The dangers of physical abuse or neglect are clear, but verbal abuse is less understood. More elderly persons in nursing homes face verbal abuse than outright physical abuse, and verbal abuse can lead to physical dangers. If you suspect that your loved one is being verbally abused in a nursing home, you should contact an attorney as quickly. An attorney may be able to help you get your loved one to a safer situation and recover financial compensation. 

What Counts as Verbal Abuse of a Nursing Home Resident? 

Verbal abuse coming from a caregiver at a nursing home can be particularly damaging because the caregiver is in a position of authority, and the resident is in a position of reliance. What counts as verbal abuse includes: 

  • Yelling or shouting - Staff should not raise their voices at elderly residents. 


medical malpractice lawyerPeople trust that the medical professionals they go to for care and treatment will do their utmost to ensure the safety and welfare of their patients. Unfortunately, preventable medical errors have now become a leading cause of death, responsible for at least a quarter of a million deaths in the U.S. each year.

In order to protect the public from negligent doctors and other medical professionals, each state has a medical board that is supposed to take action against doctors who are negligent or reckless in treating patients. However, a recent investigation by the LA Times has uncovered numerous cases where doctors still have the blessings of the Medical Board of California to practice, despite multiple cases of gross negligence causing injuries and deaths of their patients.

Medical Board of California Investigation

On the Medical Board’s website, the agency’s says its mission is to protect patients through “licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals and the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.”

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