BSCR successfully defended a wrongful death lawsuit involving an alleged opiate overdose where the decedent collapsed at our client’s residence. Plaintiffs focused on the alleged amount of time between the collapse and the summoning of medical assistance by calling 911 by residents in the room when decedent passed out. The claims at trial were consolidated to one singular cause of action, specifically that our client failed to act so that the decedent received timely medical assistance. In response, we presented medical evidence of decedent’s intoxication and negative toxicology screen and argued decedent’s responsibility for voluntarily ingesting and consuming significant amounts of intoxicants, specifically alcohol in excess (BAC .26). In closing, Plaintiffs’ counsel asked the jury for $3 million dollars per defendant and an additional award of punitive damages for aggravating circumstances. After a six-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants.
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