Doctors often prescribe opioid pain medications to alleviate patients’
discomfort after an injury, surgery, or procedure. These medications are
highly addictive and many patients have difficulty weaning themselves
off these powerful drugs without outside assistance. For many patients
who struggle with continued opioid use, it begins with a prescription,
develops into a life-altering drug problem, and ultimately leads to death.
In such cases the prescribing doctor(s) could be held liable for medical
Building a Case for Negligence and Medical Malpractice
In order to successfully sue for the wrongful death of a loved one, you
will have to prove that the opioid addiction and corresponding death resulted
from medical malpractice. In other words, the court will require evidence
that the prescribing doctor failed to demonstrate appropriate care for
the patient, provided inappropriate or inadequate treatment, and that
their negligence caused your loved one’s death.
The difficulty of proving negligence depends on the circumstances. If the
person for whom a physician prescribes opioid pain medication is a recovering
drug addict and does not disclose this information, the doctor is less
likely to be considered negligent. However, if the doctor knew that the
patient was a current or recovering drug addict and prescribe opioids
anyway, this is much more likely to be considered negligence. Medical
malpractice could also be proven in cases in which the treatment was disproportionate
to the medical issue at hand.
Experienced Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Attorneys in Greenwich
However, you shouldn’t make a judgement on your own as to whether
or not you have a viable case. That’s what our medical malpractice
and wrongful death lawyers at Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, LLC are
here for. We are prepared to sift through relevant medical records, help
you obtain an expert witness, and build a comprehensive case against the
medical professionals responsible for your loved one’s opioid addiction
and death. All you have to do is connect with us, tell us about your case,
and let us do the hard work for you.
Call (203) 718-4002 or schedule a free case evaluation
to get started.