Wrongful Death

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Malpractice

June 3, 2019 by James McHugh, Jr.
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Malpractice

Substance abuse is a growing epidemic in the United States. In fact, Pennsylvania is currently experiencing some of the highest numbers of drug overdose deaths in the country. Despite a growing recognition of the problem as a disease, few people get the treatment they really need to recover. And obviously not all addiction treatment programs are created equal. But what can you do if a brave loved one does seek substance abuse treatment but somehow winds up worse off than they were beforehand?

In a recent Tucson verdict, the jury awarded $5M to the mother of young man who died after his stay at Sierra Tucson for drug rehabilitation and mental health issues. Following the 2014 death, the state of Arizona only fined the facility $250 for failing to follow its patient care policies and procedures. This small fine was the only punishment for the facility, despite the victim being one of five patients who died in its care from 2011 through 2015. In addition to this case, a Tucson high school teacher went missing from the facility three days after checking herself in and remains missing to this day. Acadiana Healthcare Company Inc. continues to accept patients into its Sierra Tucson facility and its other treatment facilities nationwide.

Recovering Damages for Negligent Substance Abuse Treatment

In cases where the negligent treatment of patients by using outdated and ineffective treatments that do not live up to industry standards leads to patient harm, patients may be able to recover damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit. While any dangerous practices that cause physical injury qualify as negligent, some relapse cases may be attributed to negligence as well. Whether or not an addiction relapse can be considered as a result of malpractice depends heavily on the details of a particular case; however, recent research suggests negligent treatment at substance abuse treatment centers is much more common than most people realize.

Substance Abuse Treatment Negligence Lawyers

If you or someone you care for has been a part of an ineffective treatment program that provided negligent care, you may be able to bring a legal claim to recover compensation for your damages. It is important to discuss the specific circumstances of your potential case with an experienced medical negligence lawyer. Contact Lopez McHugh for help today.

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