I’m not talking about the truck driver who may have turned to amphetamines to stay awake when making long hauls from one location to another. Obviously, there are legal ramifications to this behavior, but drivers under the influence of legally prescribed or over-the-counter medications also need to be evaluated.
First, a medication history must be thoroughly assessed, to include any over-the-counter drugs. The dosages and schedule of administration should also be reviewed. Higher doses can cause more severe symptoms. Immediate side effects are usually different than results seen 8 hours later, although it depends on the medication’s half-life. Immediate effects of sedating drugs include a decreased alertness, poor coordination and sometimes impaired judgment. Any one of these characteristics could be disastrous behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
There are so many ways a medical record can impact your case. Let a certified legal nurse consultant at
Aguirre Legal Nurse Consulting review the medical records in your next automobile case. Call (443) 598-2562 or email us at AguirreLegalNurseConsulting@gmail.com