$500,000 Settlement Reached in Roanoke Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | February 26th, 2015

The makers of devices used in hospitals—and professionals who operate this equipment—are responsible for ensuring medical equipment is safe for patients. And when their failure to take the proper precautions causes harm, patients may file injury lawsuits for compensation.

Recently, a Roanoke wrongful death lawsuit was settled after allegations arose that local radio personality, Joseph Seth Williamson, died as the result of errors related to the use of a Hospira LifeCare PCA 3 Infusion System pump to administer his medications.

A report from The Roanoke Times says unsealed court documents show daughters of Mr. Williamson were paid $500,000 to lay to rest the claims that the company’s device was to blame for his death. In an earlier medical malpractice suit, the daughters received an undisclosed amount in damages from the hospital where Mr. Williamson was a patient after they claimed the hospital’s staff made errors entering information into the infusion system, resulting in the patient receiving a deadly dose of a narcotic painkiller.

The records were unsealed last week in an effort to offer full disclosure of the settlement to the public.

The Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm are aware of the difficulties that accompany the loss of a loved one ,and we are hopeful the settlement brings a sense of closure to Mr. Williamson’s daughters.