Methotrexate Overdose – Do I Have a Legal Claim?

Methotrexate is a high potency prescription drug that interferes with an individual’s growth of cells. For this reason, it is commonly prescribed to treat certain types of cancer.

 

However, Methotrexate has non-cancer uses and can be prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. When it is prescribed for these medical conditions, it is often prescribed as a weekly dose instead of a daily dose.

 

Due to its variety of uses, a prescribing doctor and/or a pharmacist may mistakenly prescribe Methotrexate as a daily dose instead of a weekly dose, especially in cases where the patient has rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. This can be a deadly mistake that may result in an individual experiencing an overdose of Methotrexate. Signs of a Methotrexate overdose include:

 

  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Body aches;
  • Flu symptoms;
  • Easy bruising or bleeding;
  • Physical weakness;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Dizziness;
  • Exhaustion;
  • Headaches;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Mouth ulcers; and
  • Skin infections.

An incorrect prescription of taking Methotrexate daily as oppose to weekly can cause serious, life-threatening issues, including death.

It is important that you discuss any new prescription of Methotrexate, or any changes to your Methotrexate prescription, with your medical provider and your pharmacist. If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

If you were mistakenly prescribed Methotrexate on a daily dose, or your pharmacist filled your Methotrexate prescription incorrectly, you may have a legal claim. Contact the Methotrexate Overdose lawyers at the Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin today for a free consultation.

Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Claim In Colorado?

Wrongful death actions in Colorado are governed by CRS 13-21-201.

During the first year after the death:

  • Only a surviving spouse may bring the claim.

During the second year after the death:

  • A surviving spouse may bring the claim;
  • Any children may bring the claim;
  • If the deceased has no spouse or children, then the parents of the deceased may bring the claim.

Who cannot bring a claim:

  • Siblings of the deceased;
  • Friends of the deceased;
  • Boyfriends / girlfriends of the deceased.