Music fans across the county, including many Louisiana residents, were devastated by the news of Prince’s death in 2016. At the time, the authorities claimed that no one would be charged with the singer’s death. However, a significant number of his fans might be unaware that the family has since filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where he received treatment not long before he died.
The suit filed by the family, under the name of a trustee, claims that the hospital where the singer received treatment a week before his death did not provide proper care. They claim that this improper care directly contributed to his death. Prince’s family believes that the hospital staff failed to properly diagnose and treat the singer’s overdose. It is also alleged that the doctors failed to investigate the underlying cause of the overdose and provide appropriate counseling to the patient.
An investigation revealed that it is likely that Prince overdosed on what he believed to be prescription drugs, but were actually tainted versions containing Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. After his death, some of the pills that Prince had claimed to have taken before his overdose were tested and revealed to be counterfeit drugs containing the synthetic opioid. The family has named the hospital, its parent companies, the doctor who treated Prince, an unnamed pharmacist, a pharmacy employee who was said to have consulted on the singer’s treatment, and Walgreens in the lawsuit.
Counterfeit and tainted drugs have caused many families in Louisiana to lose loved ones. Those families may wish to consider filing a medical malpractice suit. An attorney can help to explain the details of a lawsuit to his or her clients and help them to fully understand what compensation they might be entitled to.
Source: phillytrib.com, “Prince’s family sues hospital that treated overdose”, Doug Mills, April 26, 2018