COLUMBUS, Ohio — Attorneys have identified James "Nick" Timmons as allegedly one of 27 people killed by fentanyl at Mount Carmel West hospital, making him the sixth and youngest person to be identified yet.
So far, three families have filed lawsuits against the hospital, Dr. William Husel, nurses and pharmacists, claiming wrongful death by an overdose of fentanyl.
Three other patients have been identified by lawyers, and now attorneys think Timmons may be one of the last impacted.
He was 37-years-old, and attorneys believe he died in late October 2018 after being in the hospital for two days for suspected drug intoxication.
Attorney Craig Tuttle said they are still gathering medical records, but said an autopsy revealed fentanyl in his system.
Tuttle said Timmons grew up in Hilliard and went to Hilliard Davidson High School. Attorneys said the hospital contacted Timmons's family to let them know he was potentially one of the 27 patients given an excessive dose of narcotic pain medication.
ABC6/FOX28 asked Mount Carmel about this latest patient and if Timmons's recent death sparked the investigation. A spokesperson said via email that this is an ongoing investigation and they cannot speak to any specific case because of patient privacy laws.
New documents sent to us from attorneys are revealing more about the last days of these men and women.
ABC6/FOX28 has the death certificate for Troy Allison. A lawsuit alleges the 44-year-old was given a grossly inappropriate and lethal dose of narcotic pain medication in July last year.
It shows the cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest, due to or consequence of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding, acute respiratory failure and seizure.
The ABC6/FOX28 team tried to speak with Dr. Husel at his home, but no one answered the door Monday. His legal team answered an email once again saying no comment at this time.
Husel has been fired from Mount Carmel and several pharmacists and nurses have been placed on leave.
The hospital's CEO apologized to families in a video statement and said the hospital is doing everything to stop this from happening again, including a new escalation policy for increases in pain medication dosing.
Requests have been denied for an on-camera interview so far.