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What happens when a prescription medicine causes you harm?

When you go to a West Virginia doctor, you probably assume that he or she has your best interests in mind and will do everything possible to help you achieve your best level of health possible. This includes getting the right diagnosis, planning the right kind of treatment and giving you right type of medication. You probably trust that the medication you are getting is right for you, but what if it actually causes you harm?

There are times when prescription medication can cause you significant harm. This happens more than you may think, and it often happens as a result of misdiagnosis, mistakes in the prescription writing process and complications with other medications. If you suffered harm as a result of dangerous medications or something your doctor prescribed, you could have legal options available to you.

Drugs that could cause you harm 

Many of the drugs that could potentially cause harm to a person are not necessarily harmful by themselves. It is when they are overprescribed, used in combination with other drugs or alcohol or given to the wrong type of patient that they are dangerous. Some of the drugs that many consider dangerous or risky include the following:

  • Methadone - A doctor may give to a person to help him or her wean off heroin. It is possible to overdose on methadone, and it can be dangerous when a person takes other drugs along with it.
  • Stimulants for ADD - Doctors often prescribe these to people, especially children, with attention deficit disorder. There are certain serious side effects sometimes associated with these medications.
  • Painkillers - Doctors may prescribe to people who are dealing with a painful injury or medical condition. They may be addictive, and they can have dangerous side effects. 

Doctors are responsible for ensuring that the medication they prescribe and the treatments they give are not unnecessarily harmful. A person's long-term health is not worth the risk of taking a medication that could cause harm, the risk of an addiction problem and other complications. 

Are you a victim?

If you are the victim of medication errors or problems with prescription medicine that a doctor told you take, you may have a case for medical malpractice. You could be the victim of a medical error, and you do not have to suffer alone. An assessment of your case can help you see what legal options could be available to you, which may include a civil claim. The civil justice system allows victims of medical errors to seek recompense for their losses.

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