Jury awards $20 million medical malpractice verdict to family of woman who died of opiate allergic reaction at Alabama hospital

by Eric Pearson

A jury in Alabama has awarded a $20 million verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died from an allergic reaction to opiate painkillers. Regina Honts file a lawsuit on behalf of her mother, Doris Green, who died from an allergic reaction to opiates that were administered to her at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden.

According to the lawsuit, Green was hospitalized at HealthSouth for rehabilitation in June 2011. Two weeks after Green was admitted, the hospital allegedly administered a dose of opiates to Green, even though, the lawsuit states, the hospital was aware that she was allergic to opiate painkillers.

The same day that Green was treated with opiates, a nurse discovered her in an unresponsive coma. After hospital staff was unable to resuscitate her, Green was transferred to the Gadsden Regional Medical Center, where medical tests revealed that she still had opiates in her system. Further testing revealed that Green had suffered brain damage as a result of the opiates that were administered at HealthSouth; she later passed away in October 2011.

Honts filed a lawsuit against HealthSouth in 2013 alleging that her mother was administered the opiates without a prescription and that the hospital had committed malpractice because it should not have treated her with the drugs because of her opiate allergy. After a one and a half week trial, the jury reached a verdict in favor of Honts, awarding $20 million in damages.

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When doctors or pharmacists fail to follow proper medical procedures in prescribing medications to their patients, serious and potentially deadly health consequences can result. Thousands of patients are injured each year as a result of drug interactions in which the negligence of physicians, medical personnel, or pharmacy staff played a role.

If you or a loved one has been injured by the combined effects of two or more prescription medications, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the doctor who prescribed the drugs or the pharmacists who filled the prescription in order to seek compensation for your injuries. The first step in filing a lawsuit against a doctor, pharmacist, or hospital is to speak with a law firm that has the experience in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation to handle your case from start to finish.

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If believe that you or a loved one have been hurt as a result of medical malpractice or negligence on the part of a doctor, hospital, or medical staff, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and other costs. For a free legal consultation about your case and to learn how we may be able to help with your case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions to get started.

by Eric Pearson

Eric Pearson is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P who handles commercial and personal injury lawsuits. Eric has been selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication.