Negligence can happen in all walks of life, but when negligence happens in health care, the consequences can be devastating and permanent. Patients in Oregon visit medical providers with the expectation that they are receiving the best available care. Sadly, this is not always the case. Although most doctors are skilled professionals, some doctors make crucial errors. Two lawsuits were recently filed against a doctor in another state over claims of medical negligence.
The lawsuits were filed by the families of two female patients of the same doctor who died due to alleged negligence. The first lawsuit claims that the patient was prescribed Oxycodone and Xanax on her very first visit and that the medication was increased over the years. According to the lawsuit, the woman was prescribed Methadone in a dangerous amount that exceeded recommended dosage prior to her death.
The other suit makes basically the same allegations and was filed by the husband of another deceased patient. The husband claims that the doctor overprescribed opioid medication, which eventually killed his wife. Both lawsuits claim that the deaths were the result of a deviation from the acceptable standard of care and negligence by the defendant doctor. The plaintiffs seek punitive and compensatory damages.
Tragically, negligence by doctors and other medical workers is one of the leading causes of injury and death in Oregon and across the United States. Families that have been affected by medical negligence may be entitled to legal recourse. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in rightful compensation to help families cope with the difficulties and hardships that come with a tragic experience of this nature.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Two lawsuits filed against Morgantown doctor for deaths", Kyla Asbury, Dec. 14, 2017