Illinois patient’s earning capacity affected by medication error

Joliet patients who suffer from cardiovascular problems may know how important it is to keep their medical conditions under control by taking their medications, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Patients with serious medical conditions have a responsibility to follow their doctors’ orders so they can stay as healthy as possible. But this also means that doctors have a duty to properly diagnose patients’ conditions and to provide patients with correct medications and treatment plans.

Unfortunately, one patient who suffered from cardiovascular problems did not receive the correct medication he had needed to keep his medical condition under control. The patient had suffered a heart attack in April 2011 and was treated at a hospital in Illinois after suffering the heart attack. Before he was discharged from the hospital, the man’s doctor prescribed Effient. The patient followed his doctor’s orders, but the patient ended up suffering additional medical complications.

After taking his medication on a daily basis and experiencing concerning side effects, the patient learned that his doctor had prescribed the wrong dosage of the drug. The patient filed a lawsuit against his doctor last month.

The patient claims that his doctor’s failure to prescribe the correct dosage of Effient had caused him to suffer additional health problems that could have been prevented. The additional health problems have since caused the patient to become disabled.

According to the lawsuit, the medication error had caused the patient to suffer side effects, which included anemia, gastrointestinal loss and injuries to several bodily systems. The injuries from these side effects caused the patient to suffer an impairment that has affected his earning capacity, the patient’s lawsuit claims. The patient also claims that injuries from the medication error have caused a disfigurement.

The plaintiff is seeking compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering.

Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Hospitals and doctors accused of prescribing wrong dosage of Effient,” Kelly Holleran, May 15, 2013

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