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Veterans family suing their late sons doctors for wrongful death and medical malpractice

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WARREN, Ohio - A veteran's family is suing their late son's doctors for wrongful death and medical malpractice.

Michael Ecker, 25, took his own life in late August of 2009. He returned from Iraq, because he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury.

His father sat with his attorneys in Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice's courtroom Tuesday, as medical experts took the stand to answer questions from both sides. 

Dr. Frank and Zachary Veres, are being sued, but their attorney, Thomas Prislipsky, maintains there was no wrong-doing on their behalf. They began treating Ecker in 2009 after he left the care of the Veteran's Clinic.

A medical expert called by the defense questioned the care the doctors provided Ecker, who was prescribed medication for symptoms of depression, anxiety and back pain, and no other form of treatment.

"This is a 25-year-old person who is being treated for back pain with pills, rather than anything else," Dr. Michael Klinkman says, a medical expert called to the stand by the plaintiffs.

The VA determined Ecker was a suicide risk due to diagnoses. Attorney Brian Kopp questioned the amount of time doctor's spent only minutes with Ecker during appointments. Prislipsky says there's no one to blame in this case. A jury will make the final call.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

 

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