Teen’s Death Blamed On Dosage Error of Painkiller Prescribed By Doctor

by Staff Blogger | October 17th, 2013

October 17, 2013

While doctors, by law, have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of patients, many fail to operate under these regulations and guidelines. The Roanoke Medical Malpractice Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm point out this practice has led to medical and surgical errors becoming one of the leading causes of accidental patient death in the United States today.

This problem was highlighted in an article released by ABC 13 News, which explained how a 17-year-old girl was killed as the result of a doctor and his staff administering too high of a dose of a powerful narcotic painkiller to the victim. Reports indicate the incident occurred this past April 4, after the girl was treated at a Roanoke County urgent care center on Williamson Road. The patient had gone to the facility for treatment of a sore throat. The doctor noted the teen had swollen tonsils, which can cause trouble breathing.

The doctor then ordered the girl to receive the highest dosage of the painkiller, Dilaudid, available, despite failing to ensure the dosage was height and weight appropriate. The girl then died on the way home as a result of cardiac and respiratory arrest brought on by a combination of her condition and the drugs.

The Skolrood Law Firm’s Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to a medical mistake can be and would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim.