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Is medical malpractice to blame for famous musician’s death?

November 7th, 2018
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

As Louisiana readers may know, the lead singer for the band Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, was found dead in his hotel room after an apparent suicide. The death took place months ago, and now his widow is moving forward with a medical malpractice claim against the doctor that prescribed him certain types of medication. Cornell had a medical history that includes addiction and relapses.

According to the claim filed by the grieving widow, the doctor should have known that the drug prescribed could have caused him harm, and he allegedly failed to warn Cornell about it potentially causing suicidal thoughts. The drug in question is lorazepam, also called Ativan. The claim alleges the doctor should have known Cornell was an addiction-prone individual who may have been harmed by taking this specific drug.

There are also allegations that the doctor named in the suit allowed non-physician personnel to continue to order this medication for the singer, even without an evaluation of his ongoing health concerns. At the time of his death, Cornell he was dealing with mental issues that resulted from a relapse, his wife claims. She is seeking damages for herself as well as two children.

Medical malpractice claims are complex, and there must be substantial evidence that the doctor or medical professional failed in his or her duty to provide sufficient care or acted in a way that was negligent or reckless. If Louisiana readers believe they are suffering from the effects of malpractice, it may be helpful to start with an evaluation of the individual case. With help and guidance, it is possible to hold liable doctors accountable for harm done to patients.

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