Chris Anglesey was a 32 year old U.S. Army veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star after he was partially disabled when his vehicle was hit by a rocket propelled grenade on its way to helping a downed helicopter. He suffered traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder, which he was being treated for at the George E. Whalen Veterans Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. After surviving war, medical malpractice lawyers are now fighting to get his widow compensation for his death after a medication mistake.
VA Hospital Doctors Did Not Monitor Drug Combination
Last year Anglesey went to the VA hospital after he tripped and fell over some toys in his home. He suffered a broken right tibial plateau and was kept overnight but sent home the next day with some painkillers. He returned to the hospital three days later with respiratory problems and required oxygen. Two days after that, the veteran was found unresponsive in his home and was not able to be revived.
Chris Anglesey’s wife, Kathy Anglesey, has filed a lawsuit claiming that her husband died due to a medication mistake at the hospital. She claims that he was prescribed drugs for his knee injury that should have not been combined with the drugs he was already taking. The cause of death was “mixed drug intoxication and pulmonary embolism due to (or a consequence of) recent right leg fracture.” The autopsy found six drugs in his system, hydromorphone, morphine, zolpidem, promethazine, mirtazepine and citalopram, drugs that treat pain, insomnia, allergies, and depression. Anglesey took the medication that was prescribed to him according to the instructions he was given. According to the suit, the doctors allegedly did not look closely enough at the risk of the interaction between what they were prescribing and what he was already taking. The second time he came to the hospital should have been a warning to the doctors that something was wrong.
Chris worked as a paramedic/firefighter and survived war in Iraq, only to die at 32 because his doctors made a fatal error. Anglesey’s medical malpractice lawyer is seeking damages that cover medical expenses, funeral services, lost earnings and financial support as well as lost love, comfort, and protection.
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