Injury or death due to medical malpractice is always preventable. When it does happen, it is always due to negligence or carelessness by medical providers. Edward Rueda has dedicated his career to fighting for people who have suffered from such negligence and doing his part to ensure that the community at large does not suffer the same fate in the future. Ed has honed his skills specifically to cases involving benzodiazepines as an area of specialty. Benzodiazepines are a class of medication that is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs worldwide. They are used for a variety of issues including insomnia, anxiety disorders, seizures, alcohol withdrawal and have many brand names including Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and many others. They are considered central nervous system depressants and work to bind to an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid). When the drug binds to this neurotransmitter, it produces a variety of effects including but not limited to sedation, decreased anxiety, relaxation and anticonvulsant activity.
Chronic use of benzodiazepines can cause a physiological dependence although being dependent on these drugs does not automatically imply the abuse of drugs. Dependence can happen in as short as 3-6 weeks while other times it can take 6 months to a year of continuous treatment. The risk increases with higher dosages. Withdrawal symptoms occur when the drug is stopped cold turkey or withdrawn too fast and have very serious consequences up to and including death. Ed has become an expert in detecting benzodiazepine withdrawal as a cause of death or injury due to medical malpractice through his intense study of the medication and how it works. Benzodiazepine withdrawal is preventable in part by awareness of withdrawal symptoms and individualized taper strategies that are often overlooked by medical providers.
If you believe you or a loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice regarding Benzodiazepines, please contact our office today to discuss your case.