A St. Clair County man has filed suit against the hospital where he claims a doctor prescribed him the wrong dosage of a medication to treat his heart condition, causing him to suffer from additional complications.

David H. Wilkerson claims doctors at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital treated him for a heart attack on April 25, 2011, and discharged him two days later on April 27, 2011. Following Wilkerson’s discharge from the hospital, doctors there prescribed him 40 milligrams of Effient, a drug designed to treat cardiovascular problems.

After ingesting the medication on a daily basis, Wilkerson began to experience side effects, including anemia and gastrointestinal loss, according to the complaint filed April 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. He also suffered injuries to his various bodily systems, experienced pain and suffering, incurred permanent disability and disfigurement, lost wages, suffered from an impaired earning capacity and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Wilkerson blames the doctors at the hospital for causing his injuries, saying they negligently failed to properly treat him, prescribed him the wrong dosage of medication, prescribed unsafe amounts of the medication, improperly treated him, failed to adequately supervise his medications, failed to warn him of the dangers of his medications and failed to consult with his treating physicians prior to subscribing him medication.

The doctors who prescribed Wilkerson the medication were working for defendant Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Wilkerson is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Robert P. Marcus of Kujawski Marcus in O’Fallon will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-214.


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