Narcotics Overdose Leads to Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Narcotics Overdose Leads to Illinois Medical Malpractice LawsuitAfter a woman from Madison County, Illinois, allegedly overdosed on narcotics, the daughter of the woman is now suing the doctor who provided the prescription, the Madison Record reports.

According to the news provider, the daughter, referred to as MJW, filed the medical malpractice and wrongful death claim against Dr. Viwathna Bhuthimethee in Madison County Circuit Court on April 11, 2012. MJW, a minor, is listed as such because of her age, and filed the complaint by and through her guardians and friends Robert and Lisa Sanders.

MJW claims that her mother, Bobbie Joe Sanders, received healthcare treatment from Bhuthimethee from October through mid-December 2006, a period in which the physician provided medical services and prescribed Sanders narcotics. MJW says her mother died on December 18, 2006 because of an “overdose of controlled substances.”

Sanders’ daughter states Bhuthimethee “deviated from an acceptable standard of care” by allegedly not obtaining the appropriate medical records of Sanders, failing to perform a proper examination, failing to closely monitor Sanders’ health while she was using a controlled substance and failing to identify the warnings that the patient had developed a substance abuse problem, according to the Record.

MJW has accused Bhuthimethee of wrongful death and malpractice, and seeks more than $100,000 in damages and court costs.

According to the National library of Medicine, narcotics are strong drugs that are used at times for relief from extreme pain. The drugs are only prescribed when pain reaches a level that keeps patients from performing daily work or tasks. Narcotics are labeled as “controlled substances,” meaning their use is regulated by the law.

To keep from getting addicted to the strong painkillers, narcotics use should be monitored by health officials, and patients should take the medicine exactly how it is prescribed.