No patient should have to be subjected to medication-related negligence. When hospitals or medical professionals commit medication-related negligence, it can result in medication errors occurring. Such errors can cause great harm to patients. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals and hospitals to not act negligently when it comes to giving medications to patients.
Recently, a case has arisen in Oregon involving allegations of medication-related negligence. According to an article on the Statesman Journal's website, the case involves a 32-year-old man who reportedly is a patient of a psychiatric hospital in Oregon.
The man alleges that he was subjected to a variety of types of medication-related negligence while at the psychiatric hospital, including overmedication. The man claims that this alleged negligence caused him to suffer two heart attacks.
According to the Statesman Journal article mentioned above, the man has brought a lawsuit in a court in Oregon against the psychiatric hospital in connection to these allegations. In his lawsuit, the man reportedly is asking for damages. It will be interesting to see what ultimately happens in this case.
As this case illustrates, great harm can be caused when medical professionals and/or hospitals commit medication-related negligence when providing care to a patient. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and hospitals make sure to avoid committing negligence like that alleged in this case. One also hopes that medical professionals and hospitals are held accountable when they act negligently when it comes to giving patients medications and such negligence results in a patient suffering harm.
Source: Statesman Journal, "Suit alleges OSH overmedicated, mistreated man," Alan Gustafson, Nov. 3, 2011