Jury Awards Alabama Family $850,000 in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
October 29th, 2013|
October 29, 2013
Doctors have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of patients they are treating. Failure to do so can result in a patient death and lead to wrongful death lawsuits against those responsible.
The Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that a lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of a 62-year-old man who died after repeatedly being given the wrong dosage of medication. Reports indicate the suit claimed the doctor responsible for prescribing the lethal dosage was responsible for the patient’s death.
According to an article from the Insurance Journal, the victim was admitted to an Alabama hospital in 2007 to be treated for pneumonia. However, while under the care of a physician, the patient began receiving a dosage of lithium to treat his bipolar disorder that was three times higher than his normal dosage.
The mistake was not caught until the patient began exhibiting symptoms of lithium toxicity. He was transferred to another facility, but later died.
The victim’s family filed suit and was awarded $850,000 for their loss on top of a $1 million settlement the family reached with the hospital in connection with the incident.
The law firm’s team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult the loss of a loved one due to a doctor’s negligence can be and hope the decision in the case brings closure to the family of the victim.