January 5, 2013

On January 2, 2013, a medical malpractice claim was filed in Illinois against a nursing home in which it is alleged that medication mistakes led to a resident’s death. The medical malpractice lawsuit claims that the wrong dosage of medication and the improper combination of medications by two of the physicians responsible for the nursing home resident’s care caused her death in January 2011. The medical malpractice lawsuit seeks in excess of $200,000 in damages as a result of the alleged medical malpractice.


For many patients, their prescribed medications and their over-the-counter medications are indispensable for the daily and long-term management of their pain and the treatment of their medical conditions. Medicines that cure medical scourges and alleviate human suffering are modern-day miracles that help us to enjoy and extend our lives. Antibiotics help fight bacterial infections; powerful narcotics allow patients to live with less severe pain than they would suffer otherwise; non-narcotic pain relievers help reduce discomfort so that we may go about our daily lives with less effort; cough medicines and symptom relievers help us to be more comfortable for longer periods of time when we have colds or the flu; sleeping aids help people to sleep longer or sleep deeper who would otherwise have difficulty staying awake or concentrating during the day time; medications to treat mental and psychiatric conditions help people to live more normal lives; cremes and topical medications help treat skin and other conditions to make us feel better and look better to others; and, the list goes on and on…

Despite the miracles that many modern day medications represent, there is a dark and dangerous side to many medications, especially if they are not taken as prescribed or instructed or are taken in combination with certain other medications or foods. Common side effects and significant warnings are usually stated in small-print package inserts that are provided at the time that the medications are filled by the pharmacy or bought from the shelves of grocery stores. Many people do not take the time or make the effort to read the warnings and other information provided with medications that may lead to accidental overdosing or improper use of the medications that may cause serious or permanent injuries, including death.

Many people are used to seeing television commercials for various medications, the names of which typically do not suggest the conditions for which they are prescribed, that monotonically state the vast possible side effects of their use, including cancers and death. As a result, we have become so unsensitized to the downside of medications that we do not question our medication prescribers about them and do not even think twice about taking the medications, sometimes for conditions that are so minor that we may have chosen not to take the medications if we had taken the time and made the effort to educate ourselves regarding all aspects of the medications being prescribed.

While we should be responsible for our own failures when we do not take medications as prescribed or we fail to follow instructions provided with our medications, we naturally and reasonably rely on our medication prescribers (usually our physicians) to advise us about the medications we are taking, how to take the medications, what to look for if there may be a problem with taking the medications, and how to respond if we experience unexpected or disconcerting side effects or complications when taking our medications.

When physicians fail to properly prescribe medications, they may be held responsible for the injuries and other harms that may result from their failure to prescribe and monitor medication use.

If you or a loved one were injured due to a medication mistake, medication error, defective medication, or an otherwise dangerous drug, you should promptly seek the advice of a local medical malpractice attorney or drug claim attorney to investigate your possible medical malpractice claim or drug claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case or drug case, if appropriate.

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