Dosage Error Claims Patient’s Life; Costs Doctor License

November 14, 2013

Doctors licensed in the state of North Carolina have a responsibility to their patients to ensure the medications they receive are safe and are given in the correct dosages. The North Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers with HensonFuerst say any failure to do so often results in the doctor being reprimanded by the state and the family of the victim being eligible to hold the party responsible for their loss liable for damages.

A Cary, North Carolina, dentist is facing such scrutiny after a patient lost their life during a recent procedure. According to an article from WRAL News, the 57-year-old victim was sedated prior to having a procedure performed; however, the doctor failed to take into account how the patient’s sleep apnea could interact with the medication that was given and the patient stopped breathing. An autopsy revealed the victim died as a result of an overdose.

During a hearing held earlier this week, the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners found the doctor’s negligence in giving the patient the wrong dosage of medication was directly responsible for the death and ordered the doctor to surrender her license as punishment.

HensonFuerst and their team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to a medical error can be. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.


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