${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}Veron, Bice, Palermo
& Wilson, LLC
337-513-4436

Methadone overdose death prompts lawsuit against Louisiana doctor

A lawsuit has been filed in the Federal Court in New Orleans, Louisiana, by the parents of a man who died after overdosing on methadone. The wrongful death lawsuit lists a physician and a Louisiana insurance company as the defendants.

According to the lawsuit, the man who died was given the drug, Narcan, which is also known as methadone, in the emergency room of Tulane University Hospital in 2010. The doctor named as a defendant in the lawsuit ordered the Narcan and then discharged the man three hours later.

The man went home, where his roommate said he was having trouble talking or even standing. The man lay down on his couch and went to sleep. When his roommate checked on him a few hours later, he was not breathing. All attempts to resuscitate the man were futile.

According to the autopsy, the cause of the death was intoxication by more than one drug. The parents of the man allege in the lawsuit that the doctor should have admitted their son to the hospital so that he might have been monitored for more than three hours after receiving the Narcan. The parents believe their son's respiratory distress could have been treated because it would have been recognized in time in the hospital, thereby saving his life.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages for wrongful death as well as other claims. In addition, the suit seeks courts costs and interest.

When a family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of medical malpractice, negligence or other grievous errors, some financial relief can be found through a civil action such as the lawsuit above. An experienced attorney can help victim's families understand all of their options in a wrongful death civil lawsuit and represent them throughout the court proceedings.

Source:  louisianarecord.com, "Parents sue Louisiana doctor following son's methadone overdose" Michelle Keahey, Apr. 19, 2013

Awards & Recognition
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers
Best Law Firms
10 Best Client Satisfaction
Louisiana Alliance
Bar Register
Multi Million Dollars
American Institute
American Jurist Institute TOP 10 Attorneys
TOP 100 Attorneys American Jurist Institute 2017

Need Help? Schedule A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our Office Location

721 Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: 337-513-4436
Fax: 337-310-1601
Lake Charles Law Office Map

Phone Numbers

Email us