2 largest settlements yet add $9M over deaths tied to doctor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hospital system that found a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for about three dozen patients who died has reached settlements totaling $9 million in lawsuits over two deaths.

Those are much larger than previous settlements in cases involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and fired doctor William Husel (HYOO’-suhl).

The two lawsuits alleged drugs ordered by Husel caused the death of a 58-year-old man in September and hastened the death of a 75-year-old woman in intensive care in November.

The 43-year-old Husel pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of the woman and 24 other patients over several years. He hasn’t been criminally charged in the man’s death.

A defense lawyer has said Husel was providing comfort care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.

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