Narcotics overdose is subject of Madison County medical malpractice suit

Andrea Dearden Apr. 19, 2012, 1:44am


The daughter of a Madison County woman who allegedly overdosed on narcotics is suing the doctor who prescribed them.

MJW, a minor, by and through her guardians and next friends, Robert Sanders and Lisa Sanders, filed the malpractice and wrongful death claim against Dr. Viwathna Bhuthimethee on April 11 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Listed in the complaint only by initials because of her age, MJW, says her mother, Bobbie Joe Sanders, was a patient of Dr. Bhuthimethee. She says the physician treated Sanders from October through mid-December 2006, provided medical services and prescribed the patient narcotics.

MJW says her mother died Dec. 18, 2006 as a result of "an overdose of controlled substances."

MJW contends Dr. Bhuthimethee "deviated from an acceptable standard of care" by allegedly failing to obtain a proper medical history on Sanders, failing to do a proper examination, failing to monitor the patient's use of a controlled substance and failing to respond to warning signs Sanders had developed a substance abuse disorder.

MJW accuses Dr. Bhuthimethee of malpractice and wrongful death. She is asking to be paid more than $100,000 in damages plus court costs.

Attorneys S. Russell Meyer and Amy M. Meyer of Alton are representing MJW.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-448

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