Pain Management Errors
When you go to the hospital or doctor for medical treatment, you are entrusting these individuals with your health and livelihood. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is on the rise, and these individuals often fail this duty of care. With the shocking rise in opioid addiction and deaths in the United States over the last decade, the attention has turned to doctors and the problem of overprescribing pain medications.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidelines for prescribing opioids and other pain drugs in hopes to reduce the number of injuries and deaths. If you have received care or a prescription from a pain management clinic, and it has resulted in injury or harm, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim. Our Florida medical malpractice attorneys understand how sensitive these types of cases can be and are dedicated to doing everything we can to ensure you receive compensation.
Common Types of Pain Management Malpractice
In recent years, it has become evident that doctors are prescribing pain medications at an alarming rate. Research indicates more than 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from chronic pain. In many cases, individuals go to their doctor to discuss their pain, only to leave with a prescription and no real answers to the “why”. For some, this is a successful form of pain management. But for many others, it is clear that medical negligence has occurred.
Some of the most common examples of negligent pain management include:
- Failing to re-evaluate a patient to ensure the medication requirements remain the same
- Prescribing multiple pain medications that conflict with one another
- Failing to examine the patient when refilling prescriptions
- Filling prescriptions without doing due diligence on the patient’s mental, emotional, and physical state
- Failing to properly monitor patients who are in a pain management program
- Failing to perform the proper tests that would show whether there are any potential complications from the patient taking pain medication
As you can see, there are many different things that can go wrong with pain management. Although many of these errors are minor and harmless, others can lead to serious harm or death.
The Florida medical malpractice lawyers at Wormington & Bollinger are prepared to fight for your rights, whether that means filing a malpractice lawsuit or a wrongful death suit. You may be able to recover damages for wrongful death, emotional trauma, addiction, or any other injuries that occurred as a result of this gross negligence.
We have lawyers licensed in Florida, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico and are happy to discuss your medical malpractice case with you today. Please give us a call to schedule your free consultation and discuss any pain management errors that caused you harm.