Considering the recent laws that have taken place in Kentucky it is noteworthy that a pain-medicine doctor faces a fifth malpractice lawsuit in another state.
Dr. Daniel Baldi of Des Moines was sued this week by the family of Chad Martin, 39, of Johnston, who died last September. The lawsuit, filed in Polk County District Court, says Martin died of an overdose of oxycodone. It says Baldi was “grossly negligent” in prescribing the narcotic painkiller without properly assessing Martin’s need for it or setting up a proper monitoring plan to track using the pills.
Martin’s death was one of eight cited by prosecutors on Sept. 5 when they filed criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter against the doctor. Prosecutors said Baldi recklessly prescribed large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients. The Iowa Board of Medicine, which licenses physicians, also has filed administrative charges against him, saying he failed to take precautions against abuse of the drugs.
The lawsuit does not say why Martin sought treatment from Baldi, who helped run an Iowa Health System pain-relief clinic in Des Moines. The company, which is listed as a defendant, closed the clinic in June without explanation. Iowa Health officials said when they had suspended Baldi from the clinic earlier in the year. They have said they will have no further comment on him or the clinic.
Lawsuits against Baldi have been filed this year by the families of three other patients who died of overdoses and by a patient who said the doctor botched the insertion of a pain-medication pump. One of the wrongful-death lawsuits has been settled for an undisclosed sum.