$20 Million Etowah County Verdict

An Etowah County jury today returned a $20 million verdict against HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden in a medical malpractice case.  The case was tried by MRB attorneys David Marsh and Rip Andrews. They were assisted by co-counsel Bruce Downey.

The verdict grew out of the wrongful death of its patient, 79-year-old Doris Green.  Mrs. Green was discovered in the early morning hours of July 5, 2011, unresponsive with decreased reparations and an oxygen saturation of 70–tell tale signs of opiate overdose.

Mrs. Green was rushed to Gadsden Regional Medical Center.  En route, she was found to have pinpoint-non-reactive pupils, another key sign.  Upon arrival at GRMC, she responded repeatedly to Narcan, the opiate antidote.  Two drug screens then revealed she had received opiates, even though she had no prescription for opiates and was not supposed to get them.  Mrs. Green spent nearly all of her next 100 days of life in the hospital, never recovered and died. 

Healthsouth defended the case by claiming that Mrs. Green could not have received opiates because there were no opiates in her chart.

According to Rip, “medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America.  When they happen, healthcare corporations need to take responsibility for their actions.  If they refuse to investigate and change their practices, juries will hold them accountable”.

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"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict ."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
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I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
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I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
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