Mother Sues Clinic for Son’s Overdose

Timothy Lewis died of an overdose on May 4, 2017. His mother has filed suit against employees of HOPE Clinic, Cross Lanes Family Pharmacy, and Poca Valu-Rite. She has alleged they operated a pill mill and fatally over-prescribed opioid medication to her son.

Specifically, Ms. Lewis has claimed the employees of HOPE Clinic, and the pharmacies that filled his prescriptions, facilitated her son’s addiction even though there was evidence of suspicious prescription activity. She filed suit approximately four months after HOPE Clinic employees were indicted on federal charges, which alleged they distributed oxycodone and other controlled substances outside of their legitimate and intended medical purposes between 2010 and 2015. Ms. Lewis claimed that physicians at HOPE Clinic began prescribing her son oxycodone and methadone in 2014; both drugs are known to be highly addictive. Ms. Lewis further alleged neither prescription was medically necessary, and they contributed to his opioid addiction and ultimate death.

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.