Sadly, suicide is a leading cause of death among people under the age of 35 in the United States. Losing a loved one to suicide can be a harrowing experience. Not only are you dealing with the loss of a loved one but also wondering if anything could have been done differently to prevent the suicide. If you lost a loved one to suicide in which you believe medical negligence caused or contributed to the death, you should contact a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney as soon possible. These cases are much more complex than standard malpractice cases but we can help you understand your legal rights and options in the aftermath of such a tragedy.
Chris Cornell, a singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave committed suicide by hanging last year. Now, his widow Vicki is suing Cornell’s doctor for medical malpractice in California. In the complaint, Cornell’s family alleges that the singer was carelessly and recurrently prescribed “dangerous mind-altering controlled substances” that clouded his judgment and led him to partake in unsafe impulsive behavior that he was not able to control. Cornell was allegedly prescribed over 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug known as Lorazepam from September 2015 to when he died despite being known as an “addiction-prone” individual.