October 18th, 2013|
The Birmingham Drug Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Cory Watson Attorneys explain that doctors have a responsibility to ensure patients receive the correct and appropriate dosages of medication needed to treat a certain condition. Any failure to do so that results in a patient being harmed could put the doctor, his staff, and the facility where the medication was administered at risk of being held liable for damages caused by the mistake.
According to an article published in the Insurance Journal, a jury in Chambers County Circuit Court in Alabama recently awarded a widow $850,000 for the death of her husband. The award was given after a doctor’s error in failing to prescribe the correct dosage of a medication was found to be at fault for the patient’s death.
The 62-year-old victim was admitted to a hospital for treatment of pneumonia and had taken a daily dosage of 900 mg of Lithium per day to treat his Bipolar Disorder. The doctor mistakenly prescribed the victim a dosage of 2700 mg of Lithium, causing the patient’s health to slowly decline, which ultimately led to his death as a result of Lithium toxicity.
The law firm’s team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult recovering from the loss of a loved one due to a doctor’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful the decision that was reached brings closure to the incident for the family of the victim.