The family of deceased professional hockey player Derek Boogaard has filed a wrongful death suit against the National Hockey League (NHL). The family claims that the NHL is responsible for the brain damage Boogaard sustained during his years as an “enforcer” in the league and his addiction to prescription painkillers. On May 13, 2011, Boogaard was found dead from an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol. He was subsequently diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain injury that is caused by repeated blows to the head.
The family says the doctors knowingly prescribed Boogaard with addictive painkillers, even after they knew he was already addicted to them. They also reported that the doctors promised Boogaard that they would treat him for his addiction after the painkillers were no longer needed. The family argues that the doctors failed to warn Boogaard of the addictive properties, failed to monitor his condition throughout the process, and lacked a system to prevent multiple doctors writing duplicate prescriptions.
Issues with doctors writing wrong or too much of a prescription can lead to serious health complications. Unfortunately, people die from overdoses due to improper instruction on how to take medications. Medical professionals should be held responsible for their negligent actions. If your loved one has fallen victim to wrongful death or sustained a personal injury at the hands of someone else, please contact our national injury attorney at (866) 377-3800.
[Tom’s Tips: 75 percent of all reported traumatic brain injuries are concussions.]
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