CASE REPORT: FAMILY SUCCESSFULLY SUES SOUTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL

This one is hard to believe! Swain Walter Wright Jr., a 71-year-old father of two, was homicidal and suicidal in December 2001 when he twice sought admission to the psychiatric unit at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He later hanged himself from a tree in his backyard.

Swain Wright had struggled with the death of his wife of 38 years and his retirement after 40 years with Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Co., Joey Wright said. He had never experienced any previous psychiatric problems.

Wright’s family sued Amisub of South Carolina, which does business as Piedmont Medical Center. Amisub, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, will pay $1 million, according to the suit, filed by attorneys Joey Wright and Johnny Felder.

The suit is the second one settled by the hospital since March 19. The family of Herbert Cogan received $1.77 million in a wrongful death lawsuit after he was given the wrong drug because of a doctor’s error.

Not a great track record for this hospital.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.