Last week, a jury in Alabama returned a $20 million verdict against a local rehabilitation hospital.
According to reports, an Etowah County jury determined that a woman had received an overdose of opiates while a patient at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Even though the opiates were non-prescription, the overdose caused the woman to suffer with decreased neurological and cognitive abilities. The overdose occurred in July of 2011.
The woman, Doris Green, passed away on October 22, 2011. Her death was a proximate result of a reaction to the opiates she was given at the rehab facility.
Because the verdict can be appealed, it could be more than 18 months before the judgment award will be paid. Whether or not the rehab facility will appeal has not been determined.
When we enter a rehabilitation facility or hospital, we often do so without question. We assume that the reason we are entering the facility will be taken care of and we will leave with a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured due to a medication overdose that was not in your control, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Call our office today for a free case evaluation. We will advise you of your options and tell you how to proceed. Call now.