Blood thinner medications are often prescribed to individuals who are more prone to developing blood clots as they “help blood flow smoothly through [the] veins and arteries,” according to WebMD. As with any other type of medication, blood thinner medicines carry risks, some of which can be fatal if a patient’s condition isn’t properly monitored by their physician. Not only is it a physician’s job to ensure a patient who is taking a blood thinner isn’t experiencing any adverse effects, but it is also the patient’s responsibility to visit with their doctor regularly and report any symptoms that may serve as a concern.
For instance, with certain blood thinners such as warfarin, doctors are generally required to test a patient’s blood often to ensure the dosing is correct and that a patient isn’t experiencing adverse effects. Doctors who fail to do this could be held accountable if a patient’s condition worsens or they pass away.
What risks are associated with taking a blood thinner?
When an individual is taking a blood thinner, they may find that if they cut themselves, they will bleed more than usual as these medications prevent clotting which is what helps to “seal wounds and keeps [a person] from losing too much blood.” WebMD says that blood thinners may also cause one or more of the following symptoms which could be a sign of something more serious:
- Blood in the urine in stool
- Severe headaches or stomach aches
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
Can a doctor in Colorado be held liable if a patient passes away as a result of taking a blood thinner?
Generally, if a family member is looking to hold a doctor liable for the death of a loved one, there are number of things that must be proven. For starters, the family member will need to show that the doctor was negligent in some way and that his/her actions or lack thereof is what caused the patient’s death. Now, this can be a tricky thing to prove as doctors are protected by certain laws given the nature of their work.
With that said, if a family wishes to hold a doctor in Colorado liable for the death of their loved one who passed away as a result of taking a blood thinner or even another type of medication, they will need to speak with a Colorado wrongful death lawyer first who can establish whether they have a case. Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC is one law firm that is qualified to assist with wrongful death cases and can be reached at 720-923-2333.
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