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Bizarre Wrongful Death Case Arises in Tandem with a Near Death by Bombing

Human emotion often gets in the way of common sense. This case clearly demonstrates that premise.

This is a twisted tale of a doctor, convicted of a bombing that nearly killed the head of the state medical board. That alone would be incredible enough, but there is more to this story. The doctor also was in court dealing with a wrongful death lawsuit. He lost and had to pay $300,000 to the family of a former patient who died in his care. The patient had been prescribed at least ten different drugs before her death in 2003. Her autopsy revealed she died of multiple drug intoxication.

The doctor in question had his license to prescribe narcotics suspended by his state board after several of his patients died from fatal drug overdoses. That is the back story for the rest of this case. Once suspended, the physician then decided to bomb the home of the state medical board chairman, responsible for the sanction. It was retaliation in the extreme and nearly caused the chairman’s death.

The suspension of the doctor’s license to prescribe narcotics was not the first sanction he had received. The man had a history of walking on the wrong side of the state’s medical practices law. There were two further instances in 2003 and 2006, when the state board issued sanctions. The latest out-of-control bombing behavior landed the rogue physician in prison for life on a conviction of a weapon of mass destruction count, among other charges.

Not all wrongful death cases have stories such as this one, but one should be aware that wrongful death does come in many forms, such as a drug overdose or bombing. The way the wrongful death transpires is typically not the issue when a victim’s family speaks to an Austin personal injury lawyer. The issue is whether or not there was negligence involved in the death of the victim. If there was, someone must take the responsibility for that negligence and its consequences.

For someone who has been involved in a situation where they lost a loved one, suddenly and as the result of another’s negligence, don’t second guess the legal outcome. Reach out to an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer and talk about your situation. There are many things you will need to know to make an informed decision about moving forward.

Brooks Schuelke is an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke PLLC. Contact an Austin injury lawyer at or (512) 476-4944.

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