Albany, NY (November 13, 2018) – A man was reported to have passed away after being restrained by medical staff at Albany Medical Center Wednesday night, November 7, has been identified as 45-year-old Sean Purvis. The incident originally began at around 7:40 p.m. that Wednesday when police received a call about an intoxicated man who was harassing people near Swinburne Park.
Officers initially determined that Purvis was in crisis as he was brought to the hospital via ambulance. After arriving at the hospital, Purvis became irate while dealing with medical staffers who attempted to calm him down verbally. Purvis continued to act aggressively and a doctor ordered an administration of medicine at that point.
According to authorities, Purvis continued to act aggressively and was then restrained and given a second dose of an unspecified medicine. Immediately following the second dose of medication, the man was reported to have stopped breathing and lost his pulse. Both Purvis, as well as hospital staffers, suffered injuries during the incident.
The exact cause of death has not been released, although an unconfirmed number of employees have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation into this incident continues.
Above all else, our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of Sean Purvis during this devastating time. The details of this incident may feel confusing, as do many that surround numerous New York wrongful death cases. The victim was reported to have been acting in a very aggressive manner before his death, and until the investigation is complete, it may be difficult for loved ones moving forward and in regards to obtaining compensation.
However, as members of the community, we all have to hope that we can depend on our doctors and medical staff to do all they can to protect the oath of preserving the lives of our loved ones. In the event that proper precautions and extreme care have been brushed aside, there may be a clear path open to the family members of a deceased victim.
At Hach & Rose, we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. If you feel as though a loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death in New York because of the actions of another party, call 212-779-0057 today.
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