One year ago at Eastern State Hospital, patient Duane Charley was murdered while in his hospital room. He was found beaten and strangled to death. The next morning, another patient, Amber Roberts, informed hospital staff that she had murdered someone. Roberts was being housed indefinitely at the Hospital and had been determined legally insane. Several claims were made in the wrongful death lawsuit, filed in federal court. One claim accuses the Hospital of allowing patients in the criminally insane ward to “freely roam…at all hours of the night.” In addition to that, the suit claims that the Hospital also failed to safely store items that could be used to hurt or kill patients by “violently insane patients.” According to the suit, the Hospital is allegedly has “deficient policies and practices, among other failures, that allowed patients to freely enter patients’ rooms at all times of the day and night, and failed to restrict patients’ access to cords and other strangulation devices.” Wrongful death lawyers for the family also claim in their lawsuit that the Hospital was formally warned in 2006 and in 2009 regarding those issues and were advised to change their practices so they may better protect their patients. Had they made these changes, Roberts would not have gained access to Charley’s room to commit the murder, especially not in the middle of the night without being detected by staffers.
To make any changes to patient safety policies, the Hospital had to be threatened with losing their accreditation and funding. The purpose of this wrongful death lawsuit is to push the Hospital to review their policies and make changes so that incidents like this do not happen in the future. The wrongful death lawyers stated that the Hospital “has shown itself unwilling to voluntarily correct the many problems posed by its lax policies towards patient safety and supervision.”
Following your free consultation, should the wrongful death lawyer find that your case has merit, work will begin immediately on your case so that you may receive the compensation and justice that is deserved for your injury or loss. The attorney will also fully investigate the incident, visit the scene of the incident and interview witnesses for your case.
If you or someone you know would like to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you will need to speak with a good injury lawyer in your area. Call an experienced Myrtle Beach wrongful death lawyer at The Mace Firm to schedule your free consultation. One of The Mace Firm’s injury attorneys is ready to speak with you about your case.