Mismanagement of patient records can lead to more than just health dangers to the patient; it can also lead to lawsuits. Plaintiffs are more frequently seeking judgments against physicians for a medication error resulting from the doctor's failure to note that a patient was already taking a drug that could be incompatible with the new prescription.In some cases, suicides have been pursued as wrongful death cases based solely on improper prescription practices. In one instance, a man threw himself down a flight of stairs after taking an antidepressant prescribed by his physician, who did not know that the man was already taking narcotics from his orthopedist. The family sued the doctor, citing negligence. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount although the physician refused to admit any wrongdoing.