A wrongful death can be categorized as either negligent or reckless, with the actions of one person leading to the death of another. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 121,000 people die each year as a result of unintentional accidents. Wrongful death cases may include motor vehicle fatalities, medical malpractice fatalities and workplace fatalities, among others. If a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, call our Boston wrongful death attorney specialists today.
David Limbrick, a Virginia resident, had a long history of seizures. On January 28, 2014, hospital staff informed Limbrick that it would not be safe for him to drive after he lost consciousness from a fall. Limbrick suffered another seizure on December 2, 2014, and was again instructed not to drive. On December 11, 2014, he visited a neurologist who prescribed him anti-seizure medicine and told Limbrick not to drive for at least six months. After one more seizure, Limbrick was told one last time not to operate a motor vehicle. On January 28, 2014, Dr. Mehfoud, his primary care physician, evaluated Limbrick. Limbrick continued to drive, and on February 26, 2015, he crashed into a home owned by Bill Hillsman. Hillsman was killed instantly.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hillsman’s brother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Mehfoud and Commonwealth Primary Care Inc. for failing to take appropriate action by allowing Limbrick to continue to drive despite his earlier seizures and blackouts. The suit alleges that Dr. Mehfoud knew Limbrick had suffered a series of seizures over the course of 13 months. The suit also alleges that Dr. Mehfoud breached his duty and standard of care by “failing to adequately consider Limbrick’s history of unexplained seizures and loss of consciousness and to adequately consider the consequences that may occur if Limbrick experienced one of these events while driving.” Hillsman’s brother is seeking $7.5 million in damages.