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Wrong medication disables patient and results in blindness

When most of us think of medical malpractice claims, we see the defendant as a doctor or hospital, or perhaps another other medical professional or facility that treated the patient. However, there are other types of common medical malpractice cases. Medication errors, which can cause everything from mild discomfort to death, are often the subject of medical malpractice lawsuits.

A recent example of this type of medical malpractice has cost a man his sight in one eye. The 65-year-old man had been diagnosed with pink eye, also called conjunctivitis. He took his prescription for eye drops to a pharmacy, where he was given antibacterial ear drops instead. Even though the solution's packaging contained the term "EAR SOLN," the written instructions stated that drops of the solution were to be put into both eyes.

After he followed those instructions, the man’s legal guardian said that he began to suffer immediate symptoms of eye irritation. Although he was rushed to an emergency room, the solution had already done its damage, leaving him blind in his left eye.

The victim is also now fully dependent on the guardian for his day-to-day activities.

Medication errors can be made by a physician or a pharmacist. Such errors can occur anywhere, including South Carolina. The prescription process begins when the physician who diagnoses and prescribes a treatment to a patient and then a licensed pharmacist is expected to fill the prescription as directed. If it passes that step, then the patient is expected to use the medication as prescribed. In this case, everyone involved apparently did what was required, except the pharmacist.

Regardless of where the medical treatment process breaks down, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be the best solution to address any loss suffered as a result of negligence or mistake. Even the most minimal error can cause serious injury, pain and suffering that can be addressed in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Source: KVUE, "Houston man, 65, claims CVS mistake cost him his sight," June 20, 2014

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