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Woman claims doctor refilled narcotic prescription for patient with history of drug abuse

By Michael Abella | Jan 3, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A special administrator of a deceased man's estate is suing a doctor for allegedly negligently refilling an opioid narcotic for a patient with a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Judy L. Grant, as special administrator of the estate of Tony Grant, filed a complaint on Dec. 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. William Harold Thom and Associated Physicians Group Ltd., alleging Thom breached his duty to apply the skill and care ordinarily used by a reasonably well-qualified healthcare provider.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 28, 2015, Tony Grant died from his opiate use. As a result, the plaintiff alleges she suffered grief and sorrow, as well as the decedent's adult children. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently continued to prescribe an opioid narcotic to Tony Grant despite the claim that he knew or should have known that the decedent had an inconsistent urine toxicology screen and a history of alleged drug and alcohol abuse.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation in excess of $50,000, plus costs of suit.

She is represented by Joseph A. Bartholomew of Cook, Ysura, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin Ltd. in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-655

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