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Brain injuries can result from medication mistakes

Numerous Delaware residents rely on pharmaceuticals to control acute or chronic conditions. The side effects of many of these medications can cause brain injuries, heart attacks and organ damage, among other injuries. Some patients even die. For those who survive, the lifelong implications of these injuries could make it difficult to have a normal life.

Doctors are tasked with ensuring that the appropriate medication is prescribed in the correct dosage. Other prescription drugs require that the patient is carefully monitored. Starting or stopping a course of medication too late could also constitute medical malpractice. If any of these tasks are not properly performed, patients can suffer harm.

When any of these mistakes occur, it might be difficult to know what to do and where to turn. The first step would be to talk to an attorney. After reviewing the circumstances surrounding the injuries you or a family member suffered, he or she should be able to provide you with your legal options. If filing a medical malpractice claim is appropriate, that could be the next step.

Medical professionals here in Delaware and elsewhere often carry malpractice insurance, so it is not just the doctor with which you will be dealing. The insurance company will more than likely move quickly to offer you a settlement, but you are not required to take it, and you should not take it until your attorney has reviewed it. Brain injuries can be tricky since their effects are not always immediately known. Even if a full recovery is possible, it could take a significant amount of time, and permanent injuries often require lifelong care. In either case, current and future medical and other needs could be costly.

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