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Texas (TX) Wrongful Death Lawsuit Nets More Than $10 Million

The family of a Texas (TX) man who died from a prescription drug overdose was awarded $10.1million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The lethal cocktail was prescribed by a doctor whose license was later revoked for running a "pill mill." 

Michael Skorpenske, of Conroe, Texas, died July 7, 2007, two days after ingesting hydrocodone, Xanax and Soma issued by the defendant. The physician was later found to have  prescribed the same combination of drugs at least 3,800 times at 17 pain clinics in 2006 and 2007. He was found to be grossly negligent and liable for $9.05 million and his license was revoked three days after Skorpenske's death.

Although this verdict is a victory for the family of the victim, it also highlights the sadness they must feel at the loss of a loved one. Mr. Skorpenske had a wife and three children who must now face life without him.

When doctors prescribe medication, they have both a professional and a legal duty to ensure the safety of patients taking drugs they recommend. Patients and their families trust these doctors to take into account combinations, side effects, and potential hazards. If the physician does not, he or she can be found guilty of negligent or reckless behavior, and even medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one was harmed due to improperly administered or prescribed medication, you may be eligible to file a suit against the physician. Only a qualified law firm, however, will be able to tell you if your case has merit.


Richard N. Shapiro
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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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