The failure to provide proper treatment in a hospital setting or a doctor’s office by a medical professional including Medical Doctors, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Nurses, and theirs assistance may constitute medical malpractice. Once notified of an allergy to a specific substance medical health professionals must take proper steps to ensure no contact between the allergic substance and the patient during their medical procedures. If the failure of the health care professional to do so leads to serious injuries then the injured victim will be entitled compensation including
- Medical and Hospitalization Costs
- Future medical costs and rehabilitation costs
- Pain and Suffering including emotional trauma
- Loss of income and future loss of income
If you have sustained a serious allergic reaction do to exposure to latex contact the medical malpractice injury legal team at the Downtown LA Law Firm.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Allergic Reaction to Latex Exposure: There are usually three types to allergic reactions which can take place from latex exposure.
(1) Irritation of the skin including peeling and cracking
(2) Hypersensitivity or delayed hypersensitivity
(3) Type I Hypersensitivity – Or immediate hypersensitivity: Symptoms of Type I Hypersensitivity can be life threatening some common symptoms are as follows:
- Hives, Erythema, and Headaches
- Shortness of breath, cough, asthma, leading to respiratory failure
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Anaphylaxis shock
- Gastrointestinal symptoms including, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, cramping
- Eye irritation including red and itchy eyes
Failure to quickly treat such symptom may lead to death. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms seek medical attention as soon as possible. Visit this CDC page for further information on How to Prevent Latex Allergies
At Risk Populations: Those who are at a heightened risk of allergic reaction to latex include, patients with a medical history of multiple surgical procedures, health care workers, persons with daily exposure to latex in their place of work (latex manufacturers), persons with a history of food borne allergens particularly tropical fruit allergies, and persons with a history of asthma, and hay fever. According to estimates up to 6.5% of the population suffers from latex allergies.
Latex Allergic Reaction Lawsuits – We can Help: If you have suffered a latex allergy in your place of work or at a hospital contact our occupational injury and medical malpractice legal team and the Downtown LA Law Firm.