When your doctors explain an outpatient procedure to you, they would probably describe it as a simple and straightforward. Pennsylvania doctors are well versed in these types of treatments, and, for the most part, everything happens exactly as planned.
Unfortunately, doctors are not the only ones involved in outpatient care in hospitals in the state. There are many other people, some of whom may not be as practiced or as confident as surgeons and primary care givers.
Unfortunately, this could lead to a great deal of agony and pain for you. There are many issues, but some of the most common problems are drug interactions.
Even if patients fully communicate all of the prescription and non-prescription drugs that they take, you may be surprised to know that hospitals still sometimes prescribe pharmaceuticals that interact badly. This could happen to you for a variety of reasons:
- Staff miscommunication
- Lost records
- Incompetence or negligence on behalf of the prescribing professional
None of these issues are your fault. In fact, there are several checks and balances in place in most hospitals and clinics to keep these things from happening.
If you had such a situation, you could be entitled to compensation. As stated by the American Heart Association, certain common medications may have severe interactions. Depending on who authorized or administered your treatment, you may want to bring suit against the doctor or the hospital.
These types of suits are often complicated, with many parties involved. Hospitals are also highly bureaucratic. You may have to pursue internal processes in order to receive the proof necessary to bring your case into a public court of law. Please do not think of this is legal advice. It is only meant to be general information on the subject.