Patients trust that they will receive the correct medication and care when they are staying at hospitals; however, many patients have suffered as a result of negligence on the part of nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. In fact, much of the harm patients suffer is related to wrong medications. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a Huntsville, Alabama hospital for this very problem.
According to the lawsuit filed against Huntsville Hospital and certain medical and pharmacy staff, a child was given the wrong drug and suffered harm. As a result, the child’s mother, Nakita Waters, recently filed the suit after her daughter received the incorrect drug during a hospital stay in June 2012.
The lawsuit alleges that Angel Martin was given the wrong anti-seizure medication and fell into a coma. Allegedly, the young girl was supposed to receive the prescribed drug Trileptal, but she was instead given another medication. Angel Martin was given wrong drug—Tegretol—at least three times by hospital staff. As a result, she lapsed into a comatose state.
The lawsuit asserts that the family of Angel Martin told the hospital workers that they have never heard of the drug Tegretol, and that Angel had never taken it before. The lawsuit contends that the “family requested the prescription be verified.” According to Angel Martin’s family, the staff assured them that it was the correct medication ordered by her doctor; however, the family believes this statement to be false.
The lawsuit also claims that the family found Angel in an unconscious state and tried to wake her. Sadly, her family had to stand by and watch her fall into a coma—fearing for her life. During this time, Angel was transferred to Pediatric Intensive Care and eventually awoke from the comatose state after a few days.
According to the news article, the Huntsville Hospital did not wish to comment on the litigation.
Our medication error attorneys would like to wish Angel Martin a full recovery, and will keep our readers updated on the status of this case.