How The Critical Care Expert Witness Evaluates Negligence

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Critical care medicine, also known as intensive care medicine, deals with the management of critically ill patients. Litigation in critical care medicine may arise due to allegations of improper treatment, procedural complications, or delayed diagnosis.  The estate of Janet Kavanaugh filed such a lawsuit following her death on December 11, 2017, due to an overdose of fentanyl. Critical care Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine William S. Husel ordered 1000 micrograms of fentanyl be administered to Kavanaugh.

The lawsuit names Mount Carmel West hospital, Columbus, OH, William Husel, registered nurse Tyler Rudman and pharmacist Talon Schroyer.  Causes of action are battery, medical negligence, negligence, and wrongful death.  Mount Carmel West is also charged with negligence in its supervision of Husel. The Franklin County, Ohio, January 14, 2019, complaint states:

Janet Kavanaugh did not consent to receiving a lethal dose of fentanyl from defendants.

Defendants’ administration of the lethal dose to Janet Kavanaugh exhibited a reckless disregard for Janet’s health and safety.

Fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration describes fentanyl as a potent synthetic opioid drug approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.

Ed Lamb, president and CEO at Mount Carmel West hospital has admitted that over five years Husel purposely prescribed deadly doses of the opioid drug to twenty-seven patients without their or their families’ consent. State Medical Board of Ohio records show that as of 1/21/22/19, William Scott Husel’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine license is active and expires 10/1/2020.

The critical care expert witness is called upon to evaluate whether negligence has taken place in the management of critically ill patients. These medical experts are qualified to analyze medical records and provide testimony regarding charges of medical negligence, as in the lawsuit against William S. Husel, et al.  An experienced board-certified critical care specialist from a top university medical center is an invaluable resource on your legal team. Contact Elite Medical Experts to secure a hand-selected critical care expert witness who is ready to work with you.

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