In Ohio, a patient seeing a doctor about issues with her rheumatoid arthritis was prescribed a combination of medications that ultimately resulted in terminal lung disease and her death just shortly after the verdict was reached in her medical malpractice case. The patient sought treatment in 2006 and in 2010 when she was given Leflunomide on top of her already taking Methotrexate. No tests were undertaken to evaluate her lungs. In a short amount of time she returned back to the doctor due to a “cackling in her lungs” and was sent to get a chest x-ray where the doctor found signs of possible lung disease.
All patients have a right to know - and it is the doctor’s duty to inform the patient - of possible side effects and other things that can occur when taking certain medications. According to a 2006 study, medication errors affect about 1.5 million people in the United States per year.
This story is a reminder that healthcare systems fail and serious mistakes do happen. If you do not feel like you are getting the proper treatment, get a second opinion. If there is evidence of medical malpractice regarding the wrong dosage or the wrong mixture of medication order one of our free guides or call us to talk about the specifics of your
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