According to a suit filed in federal court, Dr. Michael Livingston began prescribing Beverly Dennis hydrocodone and phentermine around May 2016. In July 2016, Dr. Livingston also prescribed oxycodone to Ms. Dennis without verifying through Prescription Monitoring Service, a website, whether Ms. Dennis had already been prescribed the drug by another doctor that same month. The suit alleges, “the negligent conduct of prescribing plaintiff Dennis these highly addictive controlled substance drugs continued by defendant Dr. Michael Livingston through December 2016.” The suit claims this ultimately caused Ms. Dennis to become addicted to the medications. Ms. Dennis has claimed both mental and physical damages due to her addiction, including financial repercussions. She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
According to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director, John Dowdy, in some counties in Mississippi, the number of opioid prescriptions doubles or more than doubles the population. Mr. Dowdy stated, “there were enough opioids prescribed last year that every living breathing person in the state could have possessed 70 dosage units each…Opioid deaths are the leading cause of death among people under 50 in America…As it stands, you have someone dying from opioid-related overdoses every 16 minutes in this country.”
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.