Legal Brief: Wrongful Death Verdict on Scientology Rehab Center

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A man who was seeking treatment for a prescription drug addiction committed suicide. He was seeking treatment from rehab centers that promoted Narconon, a program with ties to Scientology.

His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the centers and won an $11 million verdict.

This video features attorney Brian Chase, managing partner and senior trial attorney with Bisnar Chase.

Contact attorney Brian Chase by calling 888-333-2350.

Video Transcript:

I’m Rob Rosenthal, and this is an AskTheLawyers.com™ legal brief.

Bisnar Chase, a personal injury law firm based in Newport Beach, recently recovered $11 million in a jury verdict stemming from a wrongful death case filed against two residential treatment facilities. The victim, 58-year-old John Cunningham, took his own life after the treatment centers failed to properly treat prescription drug addiction.

The two rehab centers followed the program Narconon, a Scientology organization promoting the theories of founder L. Ron Hubbard regarding substance abuse treatment and addiction.

Brian Chase, managing partner at Bisnar Chase, said: “I think it is outrageous that a facility where we place our trust and confidence to help and protect a loved one can be so callous and completely neglect and ignore the needs of that family member and patient to the point that they are free to commit suicide. Thankfully, the jury agreed and sent a loud and clear message that our society will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

In the end, jurors sided with Cunningham’s wife and daughter, deciding that the Scientology-based rehab centers were negligent and failed to provide proper treatment to Cunningham. The attorneys with Bisnar Chase hope that the $11 million verdict will send a message to other residential treatment facilities that they will be held accountable for negligence in the treatment of their patients.

If you have questions about residential treatment center negligence, or believe your loved one is suffering due to the neglect or mistreatment by caretakers, get the best information and when you’re ready, choose a lawyer that lawyers choose at AskTheLawyers.com™. I’m Rob Rosenthal, and this has been an AskTheLawyers.com™ legal brief.

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