Attorneys Scott Perlmuter and Katie Harris obtained a $800,000 jury verdict for the death of a nursing home resident who was needlessly over medicated with morphine for his chronic pain, despite having advanced kidney disease. Because the kidneys filter out and pass toxins from medications like morphine, our client’s kidney disease caused the morphine to build up. After a couple days of receiving morphine, he was found overmedicated and unresponsive. By the time that Narcan was administered, it was too late. He suffered a cascade of medical complications that led to his death 17 days later.
The responsible doctor denied that prescribing the morphine was improper and denied that our client’s death had anything to do with receiving morphine. He defended the case by addressing all our client’s chronic medical issues and the fact that our client had been referred to hospice two years prior to trial. The doctor refused to participate in any settlement negotiation, even up until the time that the jury returned with the judgment against him.
This verdict will help provide justice for our client’s family and sends a strong message to medical professionals that they will be held accountable for malpractice, especially if it causes a wrongful death. Our medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to use every tool available, including litigation, to prevent the medical system from harming or killing more lives.
Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America. At Tittle & Perlmuter, we know what it’s like to feel helpless and we take medical malpractice personally. If you or a loved one have been impacted by serious medical malpractice, take the first step and contact us today for a free consultation.
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