Wrongful death lawsuit filed after veteran overdoses
The sister of a Navy veteran who committed suicide by overdosing on her anti-psychotic medication has filed a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital that prescribed the drug. According to the lawsuit, the veteran was prescribed Seroquel to treat her severe depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder upon returning from duty. She was first given a 30-day supply and then upgraded to a 60-day supply in 2010. However, upon her upgrade to a 60-day supply, the doctor then immediately gave her another 60-day batch.
Less than a month later, the woman ingested all or most of her 120-day supply of Seroquel and died. Her family claims the hospital was negligent in prescribing her so much of the medication because she had previously tried to commit suicide with Seroquel three times earlier that year. In 2009, the woman was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and considered a suicide risk.
The Daily Press reports that the family is also accusing the hospital of a standard of care breach when its employees prescribed the veteran a quadruple supply Seroquel. She also had a history of paranoid delusions in which she believed the CIA was watching her and taping her inside her house. The hospital has denied the accusations of negligence.
If the death of a family member or loved one was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another individual, you do not have to suffer through this difficult time alone. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit with the aid of an experienced attorney can help you ensure justice is served and that you are provided with the compensation you need.