Elderly Lives Matter
Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A.Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A.
Elderly Lives Matter
Call For A Free Consultation
En EspaƱol

Wrong medication dosage leads to woman's death

Most of the time, patients take the medication their doctor prescribes without much thought. These patients assume their doctor has the knowledge and expertise to diagnose a medical condition and choose the appropriate medicine to treat that condition. The expectation is well founded as doctors spend years training and preparing for doing exactly that. Yet, sometimes medical professionals fail to live up to that simple goal and medication errors occur. A recent lawsuit judgment against a hospital highlights the dangers of such mistakes.

In 2008, a woman died after she was given a lethal dose of insulin at a hospital. The woman had seen a prior doctor, who at the time relayed her insulin prescription by phone, which was then computerized and relayed to India. Unfortunately, the prescription was wrongly transcribed. When the woman went to another hospital she was given a dosage of insulin that was 10 times the amount she needed at the first hospital. The error was fatal. A jury recently found the hospital and three other institutions liable for $140 million in damages.

Instances of medication errors like this constitute medical malpractice. Doctors and hospitals owe their patients a duty of care. When that duty is breached and injuries result, the doctor and the hospital can be held responsible for the damage they have caused. In the insulin overdose case, the first doctor should have ensured that the prescription was transcribed properly and doctors at the second hospital should have realized the prescribed dosage was too high. Their failure led to death.

Once one succeeds on a medical malpractice claim, the victim can obtain compensation. These awards can help cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and, in the worst cases, funeral costs. These recoveries will help victims and their families recover physically, emotionally and financially.

In addition to helping those directly harmed, a medical malpractice suit punishes errant medical institutions and their professionals. This way, hospitals, doctors and nurses will take more care in the future and ensure that their next patients will be in the safe hands they expect.

Source: The Miami Herald, "Ala. Hospital must pay $140M in ex-patient's death," Dec. 14, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Honors & Awards
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Florida Trends Florida Legal Elite
  • The Florida Bar Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy NBTA Established 19977
  • AV Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability tm
  • AVVO
  • Rated By Super Lawyers William A. Dean
Get In Touch

Let Us Help Your Family Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A.
3323 NE 163 Street, Suite 605
North Miami, FL 33160

Phone: 305-670-2000
Fax: 305-670-1353
North Miami Law Office Map