Alabama Family Awarded $20 Million in a Wrongful Death Claim Against Rehab Hospital

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Helen Jones
Executive Vice President 

On May 18, 2016, a jury in Etowah County awarded a $20 million verdict to the family of Doris Green, a patient of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, in a wrongful death suit.

On July 5, 2011, while under a two-week care of the hospital, Green was found in an unresponsive state. Once she was stabilized, two tests confirmed that there was a presence of opiates in her system, which had been administered by hospital staff. However, the treating physician had not prescribed opiates and there was clear evidence that the hospital was warned that Green was allergic to the specific type of drug.

Although Green’s condition had been stabilized, she suffered permanent brain damage due to an allergic reaction to the un-prescribed opiate and died on October 22, 2011 as a result. The family brought a suit against the hospital claiming that Green would not have died if she had not been given the non-prescribed opiates during her stay.

Green’s daughter, Regina Honts, filed the action in 2013 in state court and, according to the Honts’ attorneys, HealthSouth defended the lawsuit by saying there was no way Green was given opiates because they were not in her chart.

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