Medical Malpractice News

These are the most common symptoms of an opioid overdose according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Opioid overdoses cause shallow, interrupted breathing that can quickly lead to brain damage and death. If you suspect that someone is overdosing, call 9-1-1.

More Americans Than Ever Are Overdosing on Opioids

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2017. This figure breaks the previous year’s record-setting opioid overdose deaths of 42,000 in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Most Opioids Are Legally Available With a Prescription

Opioids have many of the same characteristics as opium and are highly addictive. Opioids include illegal drug heroin and synthetic versions such as fentanyl. Many opioids are available by prescription only. They include oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and others.

HHS estimates that 40 percent of these overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. In addition to this tragic loss of life, the economic burden of prescription opioid misuse and addiction costs Americans more than $78 billion, according to Science Daily.

How Opioid Abuse Could Be an Indication of Medical Malpractice

More doctors and other medical professionals began prescribing opioids in the last twenty years for pain management and other health issues. While many doctors are careful in prescribing opioids, others are not.

Despite knowing the risks for addiction and overdose, some doctors are careless about opioid prescriptions. There are several health risks from medical professionals who unwisely prescribe opioids. These include:

Risk Factors for Opioid Abuse and Overdose

Healthcare providers mustcheck patients who take opioids. If a doctor or medical professional does not take reasonable steps to ensure patient safety, he or she could be held accountable for abuse or overdose.

According to the CDC, any person who takes opioids is at risk for overdose. Some people are more vulnerable than others, including:

When to Consider Legal Action for Medical Malpractice

The law firm of Newsome Melton specializes in helping catastrophically injured clients and their families. We work on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation.

If a family member was injured, disabled, or passed away because of a medical provider’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Sometimes, opioid abuse or overdose is related to an underlying medical problem. There may be more than one person or party who was negligent. This negligence might be in the form of:

We Can Pursue Compensation for You

For 20 years, Newsome Melton has recovered more than $584 million in compensation for injured and disabled clients. We have seen how medical negligence creates enormous physical, mental, and financial losses.

If a medical professional or facility did not protect you or a loved one from the dangerous consequences of opioids, we can help. Our medical malpractice lawyers will evaluate your case for free. We can determine if you qualify for compensation for damages that include:

Please Call Today for a Free Consultation

What Are the Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose?
04 mar
What Are the Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose?

These are the most common symptoms of an opioid overdose according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Slow, shallow breathing Gurgling or choking sounds Loss of consciousness or falling asleep Constricted “pinpoint” pupils Cold, pale, or bluish skin Limp body Opioid overdoses cause shallow, interrupted breathing that can quickly lead to brain

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What Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Do Doctors Have to Follow?
04 mar
What Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Do Doctors Have to Follow?

Some states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer opioid prescribing guidelines for doctors to follow. There are some opioid prescribing guidelines doctors have to follow, while others are advisory. Opioid Prescribing Rules Vary by State Some state laws attempt to curb opioid addiction by imposing limits on the supply that practitioners

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How Are Opioid Medications Prescribed?
04 mar
How Are Opioid Medications Prescribed?

Opioid medications are prescribed for patients who are experiencing moderate to severe pain. Common opioids, also known as opioid agonists, that doctors may prescribe for pain relief include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, oxymorphone, codeine, and fentanyl. Patients may receive opioid prescriptions when experiencing either acute or chronic pain. Some, but not all, of the factors that

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If an Opioid Overdose Doesn’t Lead to Death, Can I Still File for Medical Malpractice?
04 mar
If an Opioid Overdose Doesn’t Lead to Death, Can I Still File for Medical Malpractice?

Yes, opioid overdoses can be considered medical malpractice even if they do not lead to the victim’s death. Medical Malpractice and Opioid Overdoses Although death is an unfortunately common result of opioid overdoses, this is not a requirement for medical malpractice to have played a role in the incident. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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16 feb
Ohio Jury Finds American Health Network Negligent for Wrongful Death; Family Awarded $5.2 Million

David Robinson was just 35-years-old when he found blood in his stool. He decided to visit a clinic, staffed by the American Health Network, a private physician group practice that operates in more than 70 offices in Indiana and Ohio. According to a medical malpractice lawsuit, filed on behalf of Robinson, because of the physician

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20 jul
Iowa Jury Finds Sioux Health Center & Doctor Liable for Wrongful Death; Family Awarded $29,500,000

In June 2015, Carrie DeJongh went to the Sioux Center Community Health Center, which is located in Iowa, because she was experiencing an intense pain in her lower abdomen. The attending physician examined her and decided to order a CT scan to see what was causing the discomfort. The test results showed that DeJongh was

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20 jul
Washington Jury Finds Harborview Medical Center Liable for Montana Woman’s Paralysis; Family Awarded $25.3 Million

Jerri Woodring-Thueson was an avid mountain biker. She and her husband, Erik Thueson, would take advantage of any free time they had to hit the trails. But that all changed on her last ride in the fall of 2013, when Woodring-Thueson, then 49, suffered from a minor stroke. She was rushed to a hospital in

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13 jun
Florida Jury Finds Doctor Negligent for Medical Malpractice; Woman Awarded $15.9 Million

Stephanie Hollingsworth is used to sudden bursts of intense pain. She suffers from vasculitis, an autoimmune disease, and one of the symptoms is blood vessel inflammation causing severe muscle and joint pain. But one day in 2008, the suffering became unbearable. On November 21, ulcerations had formed on her feet and the aching in her

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Oregon Family Files a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against the St. Charles Health System
13 jun
Oregon Family Files a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against the St. Charles Health System

After nine months of waiting, Angela Marchant went into labor on July 22, 2016. She was rushed into the St. Charles Family Birthing Center, located in Bend, Oregon. The center is operated by the St. Charles Health System, which is one of the largest providers of medical care in the state of Oregon. According to

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Jury Finds Texas Hospital and Doctor Negligent of Medical Malpractice; Patient Awarded $43 Million
06 jun
Jury Finds Texas Hospital and Doctor Negligent of Medical Malpractice; Patient Awarded $43 Million

According to research conducted by John Hopkins University, 10 to 15 percent of the United States adult population have gallstone disease and around 800,000 operations are performed each year. The majority of patients suffering from gallstones do not require surgery, but the procedure is very common and statistically very safe. Billy Pierce, who is now

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Pennsylvania Jury Finds Doctor and Hospital Liable for Medical Malpractice; Awards Family $40.3 Million
06 jun
Pennsylvania Jury Finds Doctor and Hospital Liable for Medical Malpractice; Awards Family $40.3 Million

Kira Charlton went into labor on March 2, 2011 and was rushed to the Delaware County Memorial Hospital, located in Drexel Hill, PA. Charlton’s twins were deemed healthy throughout her pregnancy, but her doctors advised a cesarean section. According to a 2013 medical malpractice lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Charlton family, when she arrived

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Marion VA Medical Center Found Guilty of Medical Malpractice; U.S. Veteran Awarded $1.93 Million
06 jun
Marion VA Medical Center Found Guilty of Medical Malpractice; U.S. Veteran Awarded $1.93 Million

According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes. Due to advances in treatment, only one in 41 will die. The key is an early diagnosis. Michael E. Gunter, a Vietnam War veteran, was lucky to survive his bout with prostate cancer,

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01 jun
PA Jury Finds Lancaster Pediatric Associates Negligent in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit; Family Awarded $4 Million

Eight years ago, Michelle Goldstein gave birth to a baby girl. Holding her daughter after the delivery was one of the most thrilling moments of her life. But just 32 days later, Goldstein’s joy was transformed into a debilitating sorrow. According to a medical malpractice lawsuit, filed in March 2016, Goldstein brought her baby back

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01 jun
Idaho Jury Finds Urgent Care Clinic Liable for Man’s Paralysis; Family Awarded $7.96 Million

Shane Ackerschott could no longer ignore the intense pain coming from his back. He knew he’d injured himself while moving freight at his job. But he didn’t want to admit that it was bad enough for an emergency room visit. He also didn’t know the extent of the damage. In November 2014, however, the pain

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21 may
Pennsylvania Jury Finds Doctor and Laser Spine Institute Negligent in Woman’s Death; Family Awarded $20 Million

After seven years of debilitating back pain, Sharon Kimble finally had enough. The narcotic pain medications she had been taking were no longer working and she elected to undergo a back surgery to treat her pain. In January 2014, Kimble and her husband, Robert Kimble, traveled from Ohio to the Laser Spine Institute in Philadelphia,

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21 may
Pennsylvania Jury Finds Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Negligent for Wrongful Death; Family Awarded $3 Million

James DeGeorge woke up on a cold December morning in 2014 with severe pain coming from his chest. DeGeorge was rushed into the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital located in Darby, Pennsylvanian, which is about seven miles west of Philadelphia. He was 84 at the time and his doctors decided that a pacemaker would help regulate his

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25 apr
Pennsylvania Jury Finds Doctor Liable for Medical Malpractice; Family Awarded $47 Million

In December 2012, about a month and a half before her due date, Corradina “Corry” Baldacchino was rushed to the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. When Baldacchino’s baby girl was born she only weighed three pounds and according to medical records she was bleeding from the back of her head. In 2015,

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Trends In Medical Malpractice To Know About For 2018
25 apr
Trends In Medical Malpractice To Know About For 2018

Jump To: Medical Malpractice Payouts Are Rising.Medical Malpractice Payouts Vary Based on the State.Most Common Medical Malpractice ClaimsMalpractice Payouts Also Vary Based on the Severity of the Outcome for the Patient.Call 1-855-MED-ASKS for a Free Case Evaluation With a Medical Malpractice Attorney. After dropping precipitously from 2003 through 2012, medical malpractice settlements are on the rise

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23 apr
New Jersey Doctor Found Liable for Medical Malpractice; Jury Awards Woman $24 Million

Seven years ago, Ana Pereira was brought to the emergency room at the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. Pereira complained of severe pain in her abdomen. The attending physicians diagnosed her with kidney stones and renal colic, which is when urinary stones block part of the urinary tract. According to a medical

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23 apr
California Doctor Found Negligent for Patient’s Coma; Family Awarded $68 Million

Six years ago, Silvino Perez underwent open heart surgery to bypass a blocked artery. The operation was performed by Dr. Pervaiz Chaudhry at the Community Regional Medical Center in April 2012. Chaudhry, 57, was then associated with the Valley Cardiac Surgery Medical Group located in Fresno, California. According to a medical malpractice lawsuit Chaudhry completed

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23 apr
Jury Finds Massachusetts Doctor Liable for Medical Malpractice; Family Awarded $4.2 Million

During the summer of 2009, Neil Senna went to see his primary care physician for a routine checkup. Dr. Ashok Joshi, Senna’s doctor at the time, was working at the Billerica Medical and Health Center just north of Boston, MA. And according to a medical malpractice lawsuit, filed on behalf of Senna’s estate, Dr. Joshi

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22 mar
Georgia Doctor Found Liable for Medical Malpractice Leaving Patient Paralyzed

Joan Simmons woke up on July 20, 2014 in unbearable pain. She was somehow able to get herself to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s/Chandler Hospital, located in Savannah, Georgia. Simmons, then 58, told the attending emergency room physicians that she had an intense pain coming from her back. According to court records, Simmons was

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20 mar
Jury Finds Texas Hospital and Doctor Liable for Medical Malpractice; Patient Awarded $43 Million

According to research conducted by John Hopkins University, 10 to 15 percent of the United States adult population have gallstone disease and around 800,000 operations are performed each year. The majority of patients suffering from gallstones do not require surgery, but the procedure is very common and statistically very safe. Billy Pierce, who is now

Read More
20 mar
New York Doctor Settles Medical Malpractice Lawsuit with 250+ Patients for $45 Million

Bernard Puiatti, Pam Bisaccia, Constance Nenni, and more than 250 other former patients of Dr. Spyros Panos, settled their vast medical malpractice lawsuit against him for $45 million. Spyros was released from prison one year ago this month, after serving less than three years of a four-and-a-half-year sentence for health care fraud. The U.S. government

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20 mar
Marion VA Medical Center Found Liable for Medical Malpractice; U.S. Veteran Awarded $1.93 Million

According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes. Due to advances in treatment, only one in 41 will die. The key is an early diagnosis. Michael E. Gunter, a Vietnam War veteran, was lucky to survive his bout with prostate cancer,

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If opioid overdose, abuse, or addiction has harmed you or a family member, please call Newsome Melton. We will pursue compensation by filing a claim against your medical provider’s malpractice insurance. We have also won many cases in court. Please call (855) 633-2757 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.