6 Wrongful Death Lawsuits Settled for Ohio Families Impacted in Deadly Pain Medication Scandal
Several news outlets from Columbus, including WBNS-10TV, are reporting two additional families representing Ohio patients who died from fentanyl overdoses at Mount Carmel West have reached separate wrongful death settlement agreements totaling $700,000.
- Court records reveal one of the settlements involves patient Peggy Francies who died in October of 2017. Her family will receive $500,000 in compensation.
- The other settlement reflects patient Sherry White’s death. According to court records, the amount is $200,000 after state law limited the amount of time available to recover damages.
With these additions, six families have now settled suits with Mount Carmel Health System in which an intensive care doctor, and other staff have been found responsible for giving improper and life-threatening doses of fentanyl to patients. Many more suits are expected to follow. In January, Mount Carmel officials acknowledged that the scandal impacted 27 patients, but as of May, the number has now grown to 35, 29 patients who received potentially fatal doses.
35 Mistakes? What Were the Doctor’s Intentions?
Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some family members believe the acts were intentional, and that the lethal drug was misused to accelerate their loved ones’ deaths. The physician involved denies any choice made to speed up their passing. The hypersensitive act of physician-assisted death, when doctors prescribe medications in life-ending amounts to terminally ill patients, is illegal in Ohio.
Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Cases Require Careful Investigations
Sadly, medication-related injuries, especially those dealing with such powerful drugs, often result in wrongful deaths. In these cases, a doctor or health care professional must be proven negligent in prescribing medication or the wrong dosage. Those who were violated will need to show that the medical standard of care in their specific instance was indeed broken, with proof of how they, or the loved one they represent, were harmed as a result of the act. The use of an expert medical witness and careful investigations will be necessary. This can be a complicated process that requires assistance from a knowledgeable attorney.
The Legal Team at Levin & Perconti Can Help Your Family
If you believe that your loved one has suffered from a medication-related injury or wrongful death due to a failure by medical staff, they may be entitled to compensation, and we are here to help. All consultations are free, and we work on a contingent fee basis, so there are no related costs for our services unless we successfully resolve your case.
Call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to speak with a lawyer. You may also contact us online to set up a case evaluation consultation with an experienced medical malpractice or wrongful death attorney.