Monday, 18 of November of 2013

Virginia Woman Files Medical Malpractice Suit against VA Hospital for Sister’s Overdose

by Kevin Duffan, Virginia medical malpractice attorney

A Virginia woman filed a medical malpractice suit against the Hampton VA Medical Center in November 2012. She is blaming the hospital for her twin sister’s drug overdose death in 2010. According to the lawsuit, her sister, who had psychological issues and had attempted suicide three times before, was given four months of Seroquel by the doctor from the VA medical center. This is the same antipsychotic drug that she had used previously in her suicide attempts. Tragically, she was successful in ending her life the fourth time. The surviving sister is accusing the medical center of negligence in giving her troubled sister that much medication at one time.

Medical malpractice lawsuits arise when a doctor or other medical professional allegedly makes an error that causes injury or death to a victim. In this case it appears to be an error in judgment on the doctor’s part. The victim asked for two months’ worth of the prescription because she was going out of town. When she tried to pick it up at the center they said it was being shipped to her house. She told them she was leaving directly from there, so the doctor gave her two more months’ worth of pills. As her treating physician who was familiar with her history, the lawsuit alleges that the doctor should never have given her that much medication at one time.

Our Virginia medical malpractice attorneys are very familiar with the negligence of medical professionals and have secured numerous monetary awards for malpractice victims, some of which are listed here. If you or a loved one may have been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important contact a knowledgeable attorney. If you are not ready to speak directly to an attorney, these answers to frequently asked medical malpractice questions provide valuable information on this type of case.

About the Editors: Hampton personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. Our firm’s attorneys have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we have represented clients in Hampton, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.