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Potentially deadly situations related to allergens

Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 3:39 pm    

Tennessee residents are often in good hands when they check themselves in to a medical clinic. However, there are some instances in which mistakes or the overlooking of information can result in severe injury or even loss of life. Today, we will take a look at deadly allergic reactions.

According to FindLaw, allergens actually comprise a fairly notable part of medical malpractice or negligence cases. They can occur in two ways, usually. In one, a known allergy of a patient is either missed or ignored and a drug they are allergic to is administered. In the other, a person doesn’t have a known injury but a substance is known to cause allergic reactions. Despite that, the patient is not tested before administration, or given an alternative medication. In either case, the subsequent allergic reaction can lead to swelling, hives, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and even brain damage, anaphylactic shock, or death.

The Journal of Family Practice takes a look at once such case in which a girl died of anaphylaxis despite having a known allergy, discovered just one day before her death in the same emergency room. The person who administered the drug that took her life did not check to see if she had any known allergies first. She was also not given a medical allergy bracelet the day before when diagnosed with a penicillin allergy, which could have prevented the mix-up.

Those who have suffered from personal loss or lost a loved one to medical negligence may choose to pursue damages for lost wages and emotional distress. It can help ease the financial burden, leaving more room to focus on coping with the grieving process.

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