The parents of an overdose victim are suing a Reno doctor for wrongful death for allegedly ignoring their warnings and continuing to increase the strength of their son’s painkiller dosage right up until his death.
The suit, against Dr. Robert Rand, accuses him of negligence, malpractice, deceptive trade practices and neglect of a vulnerable person. Rand was arrested with eight others accused of conspiring to operate a pill mill. He was indicted on charges that accuse him of writing Oxycodone and other painkiller prescriptions for people that didn’t need them.
The indictment identifies the victim by the initials M.Y. The suit contends, “Rand routinely wrote prescriptions without obtaining patients’ complete medical history or conducting proper physical exams. It further states he knowingly prescribed “excessive dosages of narcotics … which created a foreseeable risk of overdose.”
The lawsuit claims that as a direct result of Rand’s negligence, M.Y. incurred “severe and irreparable pain, injury and prolonged suffering … loss of quality of life and subsequent death.”
The family, and others are concerned about Rand’s other patients adding, “We have reason to believe M.Y. wasn’t the only one.” The Nevada State Medical Society confirms as many as 900 to 1,000 people were being treated by Rand.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.