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Woman’s overdose death after surgery prompts settlement

The family of a 34-year-old Kansas woman who died of an overdose two days after surgery reached a $1.48 million settlement with the defendants in the case last year, according to the survivors’ attorney.

Ashley L. Ricket of Dollar, Burns & Becker said the decedent was prescribed the pain medications OxyContin and Oxycodone to treat her pain following outpatient ankle surgery. Beginning the day after her surgery, the decedent made several phone calls to the defendants complaining of severe pain.

The defendants allegedly instructed the patient to increase the dosage and frequency of her narcotic pain medications, eventually more than doubling the amounts. Allegedly, however, she was not asked to come in for consultation.

The woman’s husband, son and two stepchildren alleged her death arose out of the defendants’ negligence in the severe mismanagement of her care.

Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

Venue: Confidential Kansas court

Case Number/Date: Confidential/Oct. 9, 2014

Caption: Confidential

Plaintiff’s Attorney: Ashley L. Ricket, Dollar, Burns & Becker, Kansas City

Defendants’ Attorney: Confidential

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