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Estate of Rickey Hicks v. Cascade Landscape and Irrigation, Inc.

Case Conclusion Date: 07.23.2010

Practice Area: Car Accidents

Outcome: Settlement

Description: Rickey Hicks was married to the love of his life, Barbara Hicks, for over 32 years when he died suddenly in his home after receiving Botox injections for headaches. The headaches were a result of a fractured neck he received in a four car chair-reaction motor vehicle collision he was involved in nearly a year earlier. Rickey suffered permanent headaches due to the fracture. His doctors prescribed various pain medications, including Botox injections, to help control the headaches. Ultimately, the combination of medications resulted in his death. Barbara Hicks had accompanied her husband to various medical appointments throughout his recovery. She knew he suffered extremely from the headaches and hoped he would have good relief from the Botox injection. The last thing she expected was the injection would lead to his death. Rickey Hicks was 51 years old and retired when he died without warning. His family was left grieving with questions about the cause of his death. They contacted a local attorney in their area who, in turn, brought Greg Zeuthen in to the case. Barbara Hicks said, “"Greg was very knowledgeable, professional and handled everything wonderfully. It was very good to have the help and took a big load off of my shoulders. He was great." The corporation that caused the crash initially claimed it was not responsible for Mr. Hicks' death. However, Greg contacted qualified medical experts, including Mr. Hick’s treating doctor, who confirmed the use of both narcotic pain medication and Botox suppressed Mr. Hicks' ability to breathe, which ultimately resulted in his death. Relying on Oregon law Greg held corporation that caused the car crash fully responsible for Mr. Hick’s death.

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