Four accuse Vancouver pain clinic of medical malpractice for overprescribing opiates

The Seattle Times reports that four plaintiffs have filed medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits against three nurse practitioners at the Vancouver,Washington Payette Clinic alleging that they or their loved ones were harmed because of nurse practitioners at the clinic over-prescribed narcotics.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that excessive amounts of controlled substances were prescribed which caused multiple overdose deaths and caused others to become physically addicted.

The lawsuit claims:

Payette Clinic practitioners continued prescribing large quantities of controlled substances even after they were aware of at least six deaths of patients from their clinic and after numerous doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and family members of patients had complained about the excessive quantity of drugs being prescribed by Payette Clinic.

The estates of Deborah E. Reid and Karen Stransky, who both died of opiate overdoses have filed wrongful death lawsuits.

Tina Wright and Malvena Goetz both claim that they were prescribed “grossly excessive” amounts of opiates which caused them with physical and mental injuries.

The Washington State Department of Health and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the clinic and ordered Kathy Bell, Penny Steers and Scott Pecora, nurse practitioners, to forfeit their licenses to prescribe narcotics for two years beginning in January 2010.

The DOH is still investigating 14 cases against Steers.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by medical malpractice and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

Washington State’s wrongful death statute allows the family of person who has died due the criminal or negligent act of another person or entity to seek compensation on behalf of their loved one.

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