Nadrich & Cohen Law Firm Discusses Fatal Drug Accident in Las Vegas

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An Irvine man was found dead outside the University Medical Center in Las Vegas last month and the case has implications for caregivers and agencies involved in treating addicts. Jeffrey Nadrich of Nadrich & Cohen LLC weighs in.

A man with “fatal levels” of prescription drugs in his system was found dead outside the hospital at the University Medical Center after being discharged, as reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal. Jason King Forrester, 43, of Irvine, California, died from overdoses and interactions of oxycodone, methadone, morphine, and amphetamines.

The article further notes that officials do not believe that Forrester was attempting suicide. He was treated at the hospital at UMC after a traffic accident, but was released prior to being found dead. A trauma center physician examined him and determined he was eligible for release, according to a hospital statement. Due to HIPAA privacy issues, the hospital declined a full statement on the victim’s condition at the time of his release. The Clark County coroner does not believe the traffic accident contributed to his death. He was, however, suffering from an enlarged spleen and liver.

It is unclear if the hospital was responsible for giving the victim any of the drugs in his system. An investigation is underway to determine the course of treatment and where Forrester might have obtained the drugs that led to his death. The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen works with medical negligence victims on a regular basis, and attorney Jeffrey Nadrich believes that the hospital should have done more to foresee the tragic outcome.

The victim was found outside the entrance to the trauma center on October 17, the Review Journal further notes. Police records showed that he had been treated and released from the same hospital on two separate occasions, but was removed at least once for threatening behavior. On the evening before his death, Mr. Forrester had run his truck into a vehicle parked on the side of the road near the Las Vegas Beltway. He did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was brought to the hospital and was reportedly disoriented by the crash. He demanded painkillers but the doctors on duty refused them due to his behavior. They finally had him removed from the hospital.

He apparently returned sometime later again demanding treatment in the form of an injection for pain. Doctors again refused to give him the injection and had him removed. His body was found roughly 12 hours later. The victim was a well-known sponsor in the Alcoholics Anonymous program and was apparently visiting a friend whom he was sponsoring in Las Vegas.

According to personal injury lawyer Jeffrey Nadrich, "Medical facilities have a duty before they release patients to see that they are treated for their injuries and that they have access to a safe environment. When a hospital fails to do this, an Irvine personal injury attorney can help the victims or their families recover damages."

Attributes: Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Man found dead outside UMC died from 'fatal levels' of drugs,” Mike Blasky, November 21, 2012.

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