Take the case of Laura Laday, who alleges medical malpractice over a drug allergy.
On May 23rd 2007, Laday was treated at the Fannett Medical Center located in Beaumont, Texas. She had gone to seek relief from lower back pain, body aches and the swelling of her feet.
According to allegations laid out in a lawsuit Laday was treated with Bactrim D.S., a sulfa drug that left Laday with a serious and problematic reaction. Laday's adverse physical response to the prescribed Bactrim served as the catalyst for her complaint, which was filed June 4th in Jefferson County District Court.
In her medical malpractice complaint, Laday alleges that she suffered a severe allergic reaction to the Bactrim prescribed to her, and experienced severe physical impairment, disfigurement and a deterioration of her physical and mental condition. It was also noted that the plaintiff incurred medical expenses and her capacity to earn money was adversely affected.
According to a June 10th, 2009 accounting of Laday's action in the Southeast Texas Record, a legal journal that serves Southeast Texas, Laday had a "well-documented" allergy to sulfa drugs. And yet, when Drs. John Arthur Trinh and Rogelio D. Mendoza treated her at the Medical center, a sulfa drug was prescribed.
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The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court in Texas. The specific defendants were not named.
Medical malpractice is a serious issue, given the trust that patients routinely hold in medical professionals. Patients assume that information is current and available, assuring that no drug is administered without first determining, by whatever means, that an allergic reaction is possible. Regardless of whether the headlines are serious or understated, medical malpractice negligence of any kind can be serious and devastating for the patient. Medical malpractice law is designed to protect those individuals allegedly put into harms way through no fault of their own.