When our bodies develop an allergic reaction to an antibiotic such as penicillin, emergency medical attention is needed to prevent serious injury. If a medical professional fails to diagnose and treat an allergic reaction, it can quickly become life-threatening.
At Miller & Wagner, our attorneys investigate and present damage claims for misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to treat serious medical conditions such as allergic reaction to antibiotics. We are recognized as one of Oregon’s pre-eminent medical malpractice law firms. With offices in Eugene and Portland, our lawyers represent plaintiffs injured by medical negligence throughout Oregon and southwestern Washington.
If you or your child has suffered a serious injury because a medical professional failed to diagnose an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, we offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case.
Diagnosing Allergic Reactions to Antibiotics
Appropriate use of antibiotics can save lives. Unfortunately, sometimes antibiotics are used indiscriminately. In some cases, our body’s immune system can identify an antibiotic as if it were a harmful invader. Penicillin and other antibiotics that contain sulfonamides often cause allergic reactions.
A mild drug allergy may include symptoms such as rashes that are flat and spread slowly. A moderate to severe reaction may include:
- Rashes that are swollen and spread quickly
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, mouth or tongue
- Constriction of the air passages
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal pain
- Low blood pressure
If a medical professional failed to diagnose and treat your or your child’s allergic reaction to an antibiotic despite observable symptoms, you may have a case of medical malpractice against the provider.
From our offices in Portland, our medical malpractice trial attorneys represent plaintiffs in medical negligence claims against physicians and health care providers throughout Oregon and Washington. For your convenience, we have a satellite office in Eugene.