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Drug Allergies and Medical Malpractice in Maryland

pillsWhen you go to see a doctor or visit a hospital, you trust that the health care providers will be vigilant in keeping track of any allergies you have disclosed. If you or someone you know was harmed due to an allergic reaction caused by a medical professional’s error, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our experienced Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can examine the facts of your case and determine the cause of your injury.

Drug allergies can result from virtually any type of drug, including over the counter medications or prescriptions. A drug or medication allergy takes place when an individual’s immune system reacts to a certain medication. The most common signs of a drug allergy are hives, rash, or fever. Some drug allergies can be life-threatening because they can send the patient into anaphylaxis – an acute allergic reaction that sends the body into shock. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something to which a person is allergic. Some common symptoms of anaphylaxis include a rapid, weak pulse, a skin rash, nausea, and vomiting.

Patients who come in for help assume that they will be given appropriate care for their medical concerns. When a medical professional administers a drug to which the patient is known to be allergic, it can be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Similarly, a patient can take legal action against a medical professional who prescribes or administers a drug similar to one to which the patient is allergic. Lastly, a medical professional may also be liable if he or she fails to recognize that a patient is allergic to a medication once it is given.

A Maryland medical malpractice claim is a civil lawsuit that intends to hold medical professionals accountable for their negligent conduct. In order to establish medical malpractice, the patient must show that the medical professional failed to exercise reasonable care. In other words, the defendant must have failed to act as another medical professional in the same specialty would have acted in the same or similar circumstances. In addition, the patient must show that the medical professional’s failure to use reasonable care was a direct cause of his or her harm.

Once medical malpractice is established, an injured patient can seek a variety of damages. The exact nature of the damages will depend on the circumstances of the specific case. Typically, however, a plaintiff will be able to recover medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses arising from the medical professional’s negligence.

At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys understand the pain and inconvenience that medical negligence can cause. With years of experience, you can trust that we will zealously advocate for your rights at each step of the way. Medical malpractice cases can be quite complex, and having the right attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. We take on clients from all across Maryland. To learn more, feel free to call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.

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