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Error in medication leads to apparent wrongful death

Correctly diagnosing the condition of a patient in Illinois is the first step to planning a path of treatment and prescribing the necessary medications. However, even if one's condition is properly identified, should the patient be given the wrong type of medication, the results can be catastrophic. A family in another state has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a facility after an error in medication led to the apparent wrongful death of a 64-year-old man.

According to reports, the man first visited the facility suffering from nausea and vomiting. After being admitted to the hospital, medical professionals administered several doses of a drug named pegfilgrastim. However, the lawsuit states that he was given the wrong medication, as he was previously prescribed a drug with a similar name, filgrastim.

The lawsuit asserts that the error in medication caused him to suffer a respiratory syndrome and develop a lung injury. His condition continued to deteriorate and he was pronounced dead several days later. After filing a lawsuit against the facility, his family was recently awarded $800,000 pursuant to a settlement agreement.

While in some cases, taking the wrong medicine may simply do little to help one's condition, sometimes an error in medication can prove dangerous. Those who lose a loved one due to the negligent actions of a medical professional or facility could benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance on the available options for legal recourse. An attorney in Illinois can examine the situation and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim.

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