Our son was given a toxic dose of methadone at a methadone treatment clinic

Asked almost 2 years ago - La Crosse, WI

We left our son at the clinic for a 4 hour evaluation , including blood , urine , TB tests , physical w / Doctor , nurse and owner . Then given 30 gs . of methadone , they were suppose to watch him for a while for side effects . The next day 40 gs . , and the next 50 gs , with know vitals taken nor did they check for any side effects . never did he see a live person to see how he was feeling . We took him home and he went to sleep , his fiancée said he was not breathing and called they gave narc an . The hospital put him on oxygen and 3 more doses of narc an , before he could breath on his own . We feel the clinic was negligent in not monitoring him for side effects and almost killed him , he would have died if he was home alone .

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  1. Nick Passe

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    Answered . I believe your son posted his story on this same web site a day or two ago. I gave a full response there. The gist of my answer is the case does not sound promising on the surface but you may want to shop it around to medical malpractice attorneys to see if they are interested.

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  2. David J. McCormick

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    Answered . Hopefully your son is ok.
    Medical malpractice cases are some of the most expensive cases to try in Wisconsin, usually costing in excess to $100,000. Further, attorneys for the injured person have to find expert witnesses from out of state because Wisconsin doctors do not testify against fellow Wisconsin doctors, and this is expensive. Juries have also been polluted by the insurance industry, and our Republican legislature has done their best to limit the damages people can collect.

    That said, since your son is alive and apparently has no permanent affects from the methadone; it will be hard to find an attorney willing to take the case because of his limited damages. The fact that he could have died does not matter and cannot be grounds for recovery.

    Good luck

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  3. David B Pittman


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    Answered . You should consult a medical malpractice attorney to see if you have a case.

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