Staff writer Jeff Sturgeon has a story today about a lawsuit filed by the family of the late Seth Williamsom, WVTF radio personality and classical music reviewer for The Roanoke Times.
WVTF radio personality’s children sue companies over his death
Seth Williamson died in 2011 of a painkiller overdose after surgery, according to the lawsuit.
By Jeff Sturgeon
The children of the late WVTF radio personality Seth Williamson say in a lawsuit that he died from an overdose of painkillers after surgery and seek $10 million from a medical device maker and its former parent company.
The lawsuit, filed Nov. 19 in federal court in Roanoke, said a medication pump used to assist Williamson was faulty in that hospital nurses could become confused while setting the device — and did.
While experiencing pain after hernia repair at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg, Williamson received analgesic medicine at five times the strength prescribed by his doctor, the lawsuit said.
The 62-year-old Blacksburg man died a short time later at the hospital of a “massive” overdose, the lawsuit said.
Named as defendants are Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill., which the lawsuit said brought the pump to market, and Abbott Laboratories Inc. based north of Chicago, which the suit said once owned Hospira. Neither company had a comment Wednesday.
Neither LewisGale Hospital Montgomery or any of its employees are named as defendants in the lawsuit.