Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder
An Ohio doctor is accused of subscribing largely excessive amounts of opioids to not one but dozens of patients. The Doctor William Husel is now facing 25 counts of murder.
Mr. Husel voluntarily surrendered himself to authorities in Columbus. Husel, age 43, was employed with Mount Carmel Health System, one of the largest in central Ohio. He was suspended Nov.21st 2021 and fired two weeks later.
“This is not a murder case… I can assure you there was never any attempt to euthanize anyone by Dr. Husel.” stated his attorney Richard Blake.However many of Husels patients were in intensive care and were not alert when the potentially fatal dose of fentanyl was administered to them, which raised questions and concerns. “If someone could not feel pain, there would be no legitimate reason to administer” O’Brien said.
Hospital officials at Mount Carmel have stated that 30 employees, including nurses and pharmacists have been placed on leave, while 18 other employees have been terminated. Officials say they plan on being open and honest about the situation in hopes to install better safeguards and prevent a recurrence.
Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice in Ohio
In Ohio, malpractice cases that result in the death of a patient can lead to two different claims. First a claim for medical malpractice seeking damages for the patients suffering and losses before death. Or lastly a wrongful death case seeking damages for the losses suffered by the surviving kin. Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the person passing away.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured
Unfortunately the law cannot mend the injuries caused by medical malpractice. Instead courts seek to make it right by awarding money in the forms of damages. If you think you have been injured because a doctor or hospital failed to meet a certain standard of care, the first step would be to consult with your doctor. Consulting with your doctor may enable you to solve the problem without the need for a lawsuit.
However if the doctor or hospital is unwilling or unable to help, your next step should be to contact an experienced Ohio Medical Malpractice Attorney at Tompkins Selph & Associates and let us get you the BIG results you need. Call us today at (614)-453-0971.
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