Bozeman Well being Deaconess Hospital paid $2 million to the household of a former Montana State College soccer participant who died within the hospital in 2015. The household sued after his demise, claiming that negligence on his medical doctors’ half led to his demise.
Sunday will mark six years since Eryon Barnett died within the Bozeman hospital.
Barnett was admitted to the hospital roughly two days after arriving to the emergency room. He died on July 4, 2015. He was 24.
The Gallatin County Coroner’s workplace reported Barnett’s demise was because of issues from pancreatitis, however his household claimed that an post-mortem confirmed Barnett truly died from an opioid-induce respiratory melancholy, resulting in a deadly coronary heart assault.
The lawsuit — filed in 2018 by Bozeman attorneys Casey Magan and Russ Waddell — declare that Barnett’s physicians, Dr. Sarah Donahue and Dr. Jessica Hoge, left Barnett primarily unmonitored and gave him “exorbitant quantities of Dilaudid,” a narcotic, paired with a number of doses of valium.
In mid-Could, the hospital paid a $2 million provide of judgment to Barnett’s mom, Stephanie Mooring, and the mom of Barnett’s baby, Sarah Woolard. Barnett’s son, Beckett, is now 8 years previous, Waddell mentioned.
The hospital didn’t admit legal responsibility in Barnett’s demise as a part of the settlement.
“Bozeman Well being continues to increase our deepest sympathies to Eryon Barnett’s household, his younger son, and associates …,” the hospital mentioned in an announcement emailed to the Chronicle.
“Bozeman Well being believes this decision is in the most effective pursuits of all these concerned, together with offering for Mr. Barnett’s son into the longer term.”
The settlement got here a month earlier than the lawsuit was set to go to trial by jury in Gallatin County District Court docket.
The 2 medical doctors named as defendants within the hospital, Hoge and Donahue, nonetheless follow with Bozeman Well being.
When requested if the 2 medical doctors confronted any disciplinary motion related to Barnett’s demise, the hospital wrote, “Bozeman Well being helps the care given by all of our suppliers.”
Barnett had a historical past of pancreatitis within the final yr of his life. Pancreatitis is a sudden irritation of the pancreas, a small organ behind the abdomen.
Barnett informed his medical doctors his ache felt “completely different” than what he skilled earlier than and stress “like bricks” on his chest, in response to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit acknowledged Barnett’s medical doctors handled him for recurrent pancreatitis based mostly on an “incorrect assumption.” It additionally claimed Barnett’s medical doctors ought to have executed a cardiovascular check to examine his coronary heart together with a chest X-ray.
The lawsuit additionally alleged that, after attorneys indicated the intent to file a swimsuit, the hospital misplaced or destroyed proof that recorded the quantity of the opiate medicine administered to Barnett.
In a written assertion, the hospital mentioned these allegations had been unfounded.
Earlier than his final MSU soccer season, Barnett missed a part of fall follow due to issues from pancreatitis. He additionally missed two video games that November and was hospitalized the next March because of comparable bouts.
He was an NFL hopeful, coaching to take part in MSU’s “Professional Day” simply months earlier than his demise, in response to a press launch from his household’s lawyer.
In an interview, Waddell mentioned the household is open to pursuing additional litigation associated to Barnett’s case. Barnett’s mom mentioned in a press launch that she needed to see legal legal responsibility for his demise.
“What constitutes negligent murder? Eryon was fully underneath their management. … The DEA ought to look into this. The county lawyer ought to look into this,” Mooring mentioned within the press launch. She resides in Texas.