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Drug Allergies & Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Our medical malpractice attorneys represent patients like you who have suffered injuries due to a drug or medication allergy. When your immune system reacts to a medication or drug, a medication and drug allergies is the result.  Drug and medication allergies can be caused by numerous different drugs and medications.  These allergies can be the result of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.  When a patient is seriously hurt or even dies, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be sought.

An allergic reaction means that the immune system is treating the drug as a damaging trespasser. This causes the release of histamine and other chemicals that cause allergic symptoms. The immune system then becomes primed to react the same way, or even more forcefully, if the patient takes the drug again. It's also possible to have an allergic response to a drug that caused no problem in the past. Also, because the immune system changes over time, a drug allergy may go away on its own eventually.

Common signs of medication and drug allergies are listed below.

  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Fever

Below is a list of situations when a patient has been severely injured from a medication and drug allergy, in which a medical malpractice lawsuit may be pursued.

  • A drug was prescribed when the patient was known to be allergic to that drug or one in its family. This often happens with antibiotics in the penicillin family.
  • A drug was prescribed without a good reason, as when the patient’s underlying illness was misdiagnosed.
  • Doctors failed to realize the patient was going into shock from a drug allergy.

Medication & Drug Allergies Resulting In Anaphylaxis

Two of the most dangerous reactions to medication and drug allergies are anaphylaxis or Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.  These are not only dangerous; they can be life-threatening.

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. Signs of anaphylaxis typically start within minutes after exposure to a drug. Drugs rubbed on the skin can take longer to cause a reaction. Patients who are developing anaphylaxis show some or all of these:

  • Tightening of the airway, with trouble breathing
  • Shock, with a severe drop in blood pressure
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

Patients need epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis, and it needs to be given urgently to avoid death from low blood pressure.

No Fee Promise For Drug Allergy Malpractice Cases

We will represent you in your Michigan medication and drug allergy medical malpractice case under our No Fee Promise.  This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Contact Your Drug Allergy Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Michigan Today

If you suspect that you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice from a medication or drug allergy, you should contact the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call our top rated attorneys now at (800) 606-1717.