The family of the musician Prince has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens pharmacy and the Illinois hospital where the singer was treated for an opioid overdose one week before his death. Prince died in April 2016 of an overdose caused by the powerful opioid painkiller fentanyl.
The lawsuit alleges that poor medical care that Prince received at Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Illinois was a “direct and proximate cause” of his death. The complaint also states that Walgreens provided Prince with opioid prescriptions one week before his death, and possibly before then. The lawsuit alleges that the pharmacy and its employees deviated from the appropriate standard of care by “dispensing prescription medications not valid for a legitimate medical purpose and failing to conduct appropriate drug utilization review.”
According to the lawsuit, Prince’s airplane made an emergency landing in Illinois in April 2016 following a show in Atlanta, Georgia after the singer suffered an opioid overdose mid-flight. Prince was treated for the overdose at Trinity and released. The lawsuit alleges that the medical center did not adequately investigate or diagnose Prince’s opioid overdose, and failed to provide appropriate counseling to the singer before he was released.
One week after the overdose, Prince was found dead in his estate outside Minneapolis, Minnesota of a fentanyl overdose. Investigators said that a large quantity of pill bottles were found at the estate containing different types of pills and medications. Investigators said that most of these pills were not in their original containers.
Prince’s attorney says that the singer’s estate hopes the lawsuit will help shed light on the epidemic of opioid overdoses and abuse that has ravaged the U.S. over the past two decades. “What happened to Prince is happening to families across America,” said attorney Michael A. Zimmer. “The family wishes through its investigation to shed light on this epidemic and how to better the fight to save lives. If Prince’s death helps save lives, then all was not lost.”
If you have lost a loved one to an overdose caused by fentanyl or other opioid medications, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug, the doctor who prescribed the medication, or the pharmacy who issued the prescription. The first step in taking legal action is to talk with an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal rights.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed more lawsuits involving fentanyl products than all other law firms in the U.S. – combined. Our attorneys have achieved verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients in lawsuits involving fentanyl totaling tens of millions of dollar.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson has also filed lawsuits on behalf of patients who have suffered overdoses caused by other opioid painkillers, including OxyContin, hydrocodone, morphine, and methadone. Families whose loved ones have suffered a combined drug overdose caused by interactions between opioid medications and central nervous system depressant drugs may also qualify to file a claim.
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