Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Three Young Children Alleges Medical Negligence

When doctors and hospitals fail to exercise proper care in prescribing medications, they may be putting the health,and even lives, of their patients at risk. Sadly, these mistakes can end in deaths that could have been prevented. To seek justice for the death of a loved one and receive compensation for your loss, you should consult an experienced wrongful death attorney. Once you retain an attorney, if you need financial assistance until a verdict or settlement is reach, you should consult an experienced legal funding company.

In August of 2013, a 34-year-old man sought medical treatment for stomach pain and was admitted to Merced Medical Center in Merced, California. He died later that night. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of his surviving young children, ages 11, 3 and 2, alleging hospital negligence. The lawsuit claims the patient died as a result of hospital staff administering a lethal dose of hydromorphone, a type of morphine, and staff failed to check on him for at least several hours after administering the pain-killing medication. According to the toxicology report, which took seven months to come back, the official cause of death was “sudden cardiorespiratory arrest” due to “acute hydromorphone intoxication.” The report also noted that the patient was reportedly allergic to morphine. The mother of the children claims she was with her ex-husband when he advised hospital staff that he was allergic to morphine. The family is seeking unspecified financial damages for his wrongful death and the loss of financial care of the children. The hospital denies the charges and said that if negligence occurred, it was on the part of the patient, but a hospital spokesperson did not say how the patient may have been negligent.

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