Medical doctors lead famously stressful lives. They work long hours, pay a lot for their education and are held to higher standards than most other professionals. Unfortunately, some of these elements of their lives are at cross purposes with others. Doctors are oftentimes worked long hours to keep the profitability of hospitals high, but this means diminishing results in patient care. Medical malpractice law claims oftentimes deal with the results of this unhappy situation. In some cases, it’s the fact that the patient is simply treated as disposable that causes the problem.
A common incarnation of this is being prescribed a medication that is entirely inappropriate for the condition or the patient. This may occur because the patient’s condition was not diagnosed properly. It may also occur because of medical negligence: being prescribed an antibiotic that you’re allergic to, for instance, when that allergy was clearly noted on your records. While an attorney can provide recourse in these situations, your best option is to know your own medical history. If you’re allergic to penicillin, for instance, and a doctor writes you a prescription for amoxicillin, that should be a huge red flag.