Ogden, UT (PRWEB) November 02, 2014
Utah personal injury attorney Peter Summerill of the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill recently won a $1.6 million verdict in 2nd District Court on behalf of the family of a man who died from a drug overdose.
A jury found IHC, Utah’s largest healthcare network provider, liable for medical malpractice in the drug overdose of a patient represented by Summerill, according to a report in the Standard Examiner of Ogden, Utah. (“Wrongful-death verdict goes against Intermountain Healthcare,” Oct. 29, 2014)
IHC North Odgen Clinic and Pharmacy were providing treatment for chronic pain to a patient, according to the pleadings of the lawsuit.* The treatment involved a large number of pain killers, sedatives and sleep medications, up to 33 pills per day, according to the lawsuit.
The patient went to bed on April 2, 2008, and his wife discovered him not breathing and unresponsive the next morning, the lawsuit states.
A lawsuit was brought alleging that the mix of medications and accumulations of drugs given by IHC caused the death.
On Oct. 27, a jury returned a verdict in the amount of $1,676,737 against IHC for the wrongful death of the patient.
According to the Standard Examiner, the jury in 2nd District Court heard eight days of testimony before returning the verdict in the wrongful death trial.
The article states that IHC owns more than 20 hospitals and other facilities in Utah. The Standard Examiner reported that Summerill filed the lawsuit in September 2010. The attorneys obtained more than 400 pages from IHC about their client’s long-term care, the article stated.
According to the lawsuit, the pills taken by the patient, Randy Krambule, “metabolized and accumulated in (the patient), leading to and causing a combined drug toxicity which resulted in death.”
“No amount of money will bring back Mr. Krambule, but this verdict demonstrates the significant loss that his family experienced,” Summerill said. “We believe this verdict can help the family get closure and sets the record straight about what happened to Mr. Krambule.”
- (The case cited is Bobbie Krambule v. Intermountain Healthcare, Case No. 100907050, Second Judicial District Court, Ogden, Utah.)
About the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill
The Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill is a Utah firm devoted to representing seriously injured individuals and families who lost loved ones because of negligence. In addition to medical malpractice claims, the firm handles car, truck and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall cases and a variety of other personal injury claims.
Peter W. Summerill has 16 years of experience protecting the rights of personal injury and accident victims in Salt Lake and throughout Utah. Attorney Summerill is an Avvo-rated attorney who has received numerous awards and recognition for his work on behalf of accident victims. He was voted to Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” for 2014. He was named a 2011 Utah Association for Justice Rising Star.
For more information on what to do if you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of negligence, call Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill today at (801) 326-8400 for a free case consultation or visit either of the offices:
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Ogden, UT 84401
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Salt Lake City, UT 84102