Before taking any medication, it’s important to consult with your doctor. But certain conditions such as pregnancy may present unique risks that further warrant discussing any new medications with your physician.
The following are important tips to keep in mind before you take an over-the-counter or prescription medication while pregnant:
- read the entire label;
- consider the risks and benefits of taking the drug;
- don’t mix drugs or take multiple medications without clearing it with your physician;
- ask your doctor and pharmacist if your unborn baby could be harmed by the medicine;
- avoid natural products without first talking to your doctor;
- stay away from long-acting or extra-strength medicine; and
- stick to the dosage that is prescribed.
Filing a Malpractice Claim
If you believe that a mistake was made when prescribing a medication while pregnant, you may be able to file a claim against the liable party to recover damages.
Examples of who could be named in a suit include:
- nurse; or even
- a drug manufacturer.
You may wish to speak with the medical provider before you pursue legal action. If the situation can be easily handled and there is no risk to you or the unborn baby, it could end here. If you are not able to reach a resolution or you know that it has resulted in, or is likely to cause, serious injuries, seek legal counsel. You will need to provide documentation and information relevant to your case.
For instance, copies of your medical records, the prescription you were given, the actual bottle of medicine, and anything else that can help establish liability may be used. You will also need to show evidence of the resulting injuries.
If it’s determined that a healthcare provider acted in a negligent manner, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Contact an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates at 800-246-HURT (4878) to discuss your case.