Dilaudid deaths and injuries follow a doctor who allegedly over-prescribed the painkiller to patients who did not need them. The doctor was tried and convicted of trafficking in pain medications, medical malpractice attorneys note.
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20 Victims Died of Overdoses
According to the LA Times, the doctor, who was called the “Candy Man,” began offering drug management services to patients after building a successful practice caring for older people. Patients received prescriptions for painkillers such as Dilaudid and Oxycontin, using cash to pay for the appointment. Two women said that they obtained their prescription by offering the doctor sex. During a period of two years, it was estimated that 410 patients of the doctor were treated for drug intoxication at a local emergency room.
After the deaths of several patients and multiple complaints from medical professionals, the doctor was arrested and convicted on 79 counts of writing prescriptions for painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose. His patients typically paid cash and were willing to wait hours for a 10-minute appointment, and as many as 20 subsequently died of overdoses, the website reported.
Affected Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Patients who have been injured due to the fault of a healthcare provider may be entitled to compensation. Damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Mental anguish
If a patient dies as a result of a healthcare provider’s mistake, family members may be able to pursue wrongful death claims. These kinds of damages can include:
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Medical expenses attributable to the injury
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
Affected families are encouraged to speak with a medical malpractice lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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