When a patient goes into a drug and alcohol detox facility, they expect to receive adequate care. In a tragic case out of Florida, a man died at a drug detox facility. His estate sued the doctor and the detox facility itself. Specifically, they allege that the doctor was negligent in his supervision of the nurse on duty on the evening before the plaintiff’s untimely death. If you are concerned that you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of the negligence of someone else, an experienced South Florida personal injury attorney can help you hold the wrongdoers accountable.
Events Leading up to the Patient’s Death
The plaintiff was purportedly admitted to the detox center with noticeable track marks. The defendant physician is the medical director of the facility. However, the doctor acts as an overseer and it is up to the advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) to do the direct supervision of patients at the facility. It is also up to the ARNPs to decide whether the facility is adequate for the patient’s needs or whether they need to be admitted to the hospital.
Before leaving for the evening, the ARNP allegedly checked on the plaintiff. At that time, he was sitting upright and talking and his vital signs were improving. She claimed that she planned to begin the detox process the next morning. Unfortunately, the plaintiff died sometime early that morning. The cause of death was endocarditis, a heart infection common in intravenous drug users.