While chemotherapy drugs are designed to help treat cancer by destroying cancerous cells, they are also very toxic chemicals that must be handled and dispensed with the utmost of care.
The nature of these drugs means they could pose a serious risk as a result of a chemotherapy mistake.
When a healthcare professional is negligent or careless in their duties and this negligence results in injuries, the healthcare professional may be held legally liable through an Illinois medical malpractice claim.
If you have suffered any type of injury due to a chemotherapy mistake, a Chicago medical malpractice attorney should be consulted to thoroughly investigate your case. An attorney will collect the evidence to prove negligence and help you fight for your rights in an Illinois medical malpractice claim.
Chemotherapy Mistake: Patient Given the Wrong Medication
An example of a serious chemotherapy mistake is when a patient is given the wrong medication. In fact, several years ago a couple from St. Louis filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens after the woman was mistakenly given chemotherapy drugs instead of prenatal vitamins.
The pharmacy failed to ensure that the woman was given the right type of medication and this medication error resulted in a miscarriage. This chemotherapy mistake caused the female patient to suffer vomiting, nausea and ultimately, the loss of her child.
A chemotherapy mistake that is the result of such a significant medication error can lead to devastating or even fatal consequences
. When a pharmacist fails to accurately prescribe medication it could lead to them being held liable through an Illinois medical malpractice claim.
This type of chemotherapy error is preventable and gives a family the right to pursue a claim in order to be compensated for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses or even wrongful death.
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