Sunday December 8, 2013
A Wall of Justice for Victims of Painkiller Over-PrescriptionMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
Larry's unwavering quest to seek and obtain justice for our family brought us hope in a time when we had none
(MYRTLE BEACH SC) - In 2010 I wrote a series on a "pill mill doctor" trial in Kansas. The sentence of Dr. Stephen Schneider and his nurse wife, Linda Schneider was 30 years and 33 years respectively in a federal prison after being found guilty of the death of 68 patients by a jury. The link to the article is http://www.salem-news.com/
As I was writing each week about what was playing out in the courtroom, I had occasion to connect with an attorney by the name of Larry Wall who was representing victims' families in the deaths of their loved ones. There were times during the Schneider trial that I talked with Larry Wall and was impressed with his compassion and connection to the suffering of the loved ones left behind because they had been over-prescribed dangerous painkillers and paid with their lives. Larry's law firm is Wall Huntington Trial Law in Wichita, Kansas.
Family members of the Schneiders' victims wrote letters about Larry Wall helping them receive justice from the senseless deaths of their loved ones. Here are excerpts of just three letters that were written about the attorney who fought the good fight to close down a pill mill so the death toll ended at 68 and did not take more lives.
"Larry Wall will be known by my family forever. Til my last breath I will never forget him and what he did for my family. He did what he said he would set out to do, make sure my voice was heard and my story was known, He protected me like a father and treated me like a son and I will never forget him for that. I feel that I owe him so much more than just the standard thank you. It is my belief that Larry should be honored for all his work, determination, skill, wisdom, courage, bravery and empathy. He truly is a class act."
"My daughter was a victim of Dr. Schneider in 2003. At that time, I was interested in stopping the Schneider Clinic from harming any more patients. After hearing about Larry Wall's reputation for righting wrongdoing in this type of thing, I sought him out. From that day on, he threw himself full time to these cases. I believe he worked beyond and above what most attorneys would have. Pushing on for exposing the malicious and deadly practices of the Schneider Clinic. I am grateful to have been his first case against the Clinic and truly believe that if Larry had not taken my case the death toll would have been much higher and the Schneiders may very well still be in business."
Larry's unwavering quest to seek and obtain justice for our family brought us hope in a time when we had none, for that we will be forever grateful to this extremely exceptional human being. God bless you Larry Wall!
On December 7, 2012, the Kansas Association for Justice honored Larry W. Wall with their Distinguished Service Award. Nominated by his colleagues, Wall was selected by leadership for this honor as part of the organization’s annual recognition of those who have made significant contributions to justice.
Wall was recognized for his persistence in pursuing justice in litigation against the Schneider “pill mill” medical clinic, which led to over 176 patient drug overdoses, numerous physical injuries and 68 deaths. Prosecution of the wrongful death cases proved to be a Herculean task. Wall successfully settled eight wrongful death suits and one medical malpractice suit. Over 700 pleadings were filed in just two of the nine cases. Wall personally handled 140 of the over 160 depositions in the litigation.
The Kansas Association for Justice is a statewide, not-for-profit professional association which champions individual and corporate responsibility and accountability, the right to trial by jury, independence of the judiciary and high standards of ethics. KsAJ’s members hold those who injure others accountable for their actions.
I am proud to say that during the Schneider trial I had occasion to speak with Larry Wall and was and continue to be impressed with his work ethic and his dedication to his clients. My hope is that other attorneys follow the traits of Larry Wall and fight for justice in cases against pill mill doctors who are destroying families throughout the country in death and addiction
I will close with an Abraham Lincoln quote "I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down." My guess is Larry Wall's clients feel that he believed in them and their fight for justice -- and he didn't let them down.
LP -- I look forward to another wonderful Christmas with you and being so proud of you and being loved by you. We are truly blessed.
Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 8-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.
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