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Settlement Deal Reached Over Medical Malpractice Suit in Veteran's Death

Settlement Deal Reached Over Medical Malpractice Suit in Veteran's Death

Settlement Deal Reached Over Medical Malpractice Suit in Veteran's Death


In 2010, a Navy veteran killed herself after overdosing on Seroquel, an antipsychotic medication, which was one part of the "cocktail" of drugs that her physician had prescribed to her over the course of a year. Last week, her twin sister, reached a settlement deal with the Government that is a fraction of what she was seeking for her sister's death – she was seeking $5 million and, if the judge approves, will settle for $100,000. Her sister hopes that this lawsuit will help shed light on the prescriptions given to veterans for post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), which is what both she and her sister has suffered. She hopes that this lawsuit will reveal the dangers of prescribing a multitude of counter-acting drugs at the same time – including antipsychotic, antidepressant, sedatives, and anti-anxiety medications. Physicians should have been warned about the side effects the Navy veteran was experiencing given that she had attempted to commit suicide three times in the eight months leading up to her death. Her sister had urged her physicians to stop prescribing her Seroquel, which was thought to be causing the suicidal tendencies in combination with her other medications.

This Navy veteran's story does not stand alone. Countless veterans suffer from PTSD and are prescribed multiple drugs to counteract the anxiety, stress, and fear that many experience. The story that the Navy veteran's sister wants people to know is not necessarily one about receiving a fair compensation for her sister's death. Rather, she wants others to know of the potential dangers posed to those being prescribed a variety of medications with severe, often life-threatening side effects. She wants healthcare providers who prescribe these medications to veterans to be more aware of what they are prescribing and how much. At one point, the Navy veteran's record indicated she was prescribed over 5,000 pills of one particular medication in addition to thousands of pills that constituted her other prescriptions. Healthcare providers have the duty to provide treatment to their patients that does not pose significant risk of injury or death. If they fall below the standard of care that society holds them accountable, then their mistakes or oversights should not be left unheard and unresolved. Holding healthcare providers responsible for their decisions may prevent these deaths to our country's military veterans from occurring.

Contact with health care professionals is a necessary part of our society. However, providers are human and mistakes can be made. Even the most careful health care professionals can make a mistake that injures a patient. However, not all medical mistakes rise to the level of malpractice. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC will help you if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys continue to set the standard for representation of difficult cases. If you have a medical malpractice issue, contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.

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