Opioids are drugs that relieve pain. While they have many uses, doctors
are starting to prescribe them in quantities that can harm patients. Some
of the most powerful opioid drugs, such as Fentanyl, should only be used
in extreme cases of chronic and severe pain. Many doctors, however, are
prescribing it to patients for short-term, post-surgery pain. If you suffer
a medical condition from your doctor’s prescription, or your loved
one dies from an overdose, can you sue for medical malpractice?
You Can Sue If the Prescription Causes a Drug Addiction
If your doctor prescribes opioid drugs and you become addicted, you may
be able to sue for medical malpractice. You must prove, however, that
your doctor breached his or her duty of care in prescribing the opioid
drugs. For example, if you are a recovering drug addict and fail to tell
your doctor, you may not be able to sue because the doctor wasn’t
aware of your condition. If you
do tell your doctor and he or she still prescribes opioids, you can sue for
medical malpractice and prove the doctor acted carelessly in prescribing
you an addictive drug.
You Can Sue If the Prescription Causes Other Health Problems
If you develop a health condition because of your opioid prescription,
you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. You doctor is
responsible for monitoring your condition regularly to ensure you are
not suffering harmful side effects from the opioid drugs. If you tell
your doctor you are experiencing respiratory problems, weakness, fainting,
or other issues that are side effects of opioid drugs, and your doctor
fails to act, you can sue.
You Can Sue If the Prescription Causes a Fatal Overdose
Opioid drugs work by slowing down the body’s respiratory, immune,
and digestive systems. Too much, and your body can shut down, resulting
in a fatal overdose. If your doctor prescribed opioid drugs to your loved
one and it caused an overdose, you can sue for medical malpractice. There
is great risk in using opioids excessively, and doctors have a responsibility
to prescribe safe amounts for patients. If a person dies from an overdose
of an opioid prescription, family members can sue the doctor to seek compensation.
Call Our Toledo Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today at (419) 318-0772.
In order to pursue a
medical malpractice claim, you must prove the negligence of your healthcare provider. Doctors owe
a reasonable duty of care to patients, and if they breach this care by
recklessly overprescribing opioids, they should be held responsible. If
you or a loved one have suffered from a careless opioid prescription,
our attorneys at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. can represent you
tenaciously in court.
today for a free consultation.