A Stafford County physician was arrested May 10 for allegedly misusing pain medication prescriptions. The physician is also accused of illegally distributing drugs, obtaining money through false pretenses and one count of involuntary manslaughter. The manslaughter count involves a 41-year-old patient in the doctor's care who died from a drug overdose. According to prosecutors, the physician repeatedly prescribed the patient pain medication despite warning signs of drug abuse.
The state also accuses the physician of negligence in the involuntary manslaughter indictment. This fact could give the patient's immediate family members cause to sue in civil court for medical malpractice. Negligence is an element of personal injury law that proves a medical professional breached the required duty of care to her patient. Currently, there is no civil lawsuit pending against the physician.