Addiction is a serious problem, and especially detrimental for patients whose care providers are drug addicts. Addiction can impact you and your family in many ways; unfortunately, one of those ways is medical neglect; medical providers are actually taking the drugs meant for patients in need, particularly pain medication.
There have been recent cases of nurses, health aides, and other care providers stealing painkillers, including morphine, dilaudid, hydrocodone, codeine, and Demerol. Each of these medications is an opiate that is prescribed to help a patient deal with chronic pain or extreme pain.
When you or a loved one do not receive the prescription drugs you need, including painkillers, there is an immediate and a long-lasting impact on your health. Painkillers help the body heal after a serious illness or injury, and make you more comfortable throughout the healing process. Without the pain medication you’ve been prescribed, your healing can take much longer, or sadly may not occur.
Medical abuse, such as stealing medication from patients, is a form of medical malpractice. I have more than 38 years of experience with medical malpractice cases. I have the expertise and resources to take on any health care provider who abused you or your loved one. If you’ve been a victim of abuse or neglect at the hands of a medical care provider, call me and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
If you have a loved one receiving hospice care, they may be at a higher risk for medical abuse. Elderly patients, severely injured patients, or patients with mental health conditions may also be at a higher risk. These patients may not be able to keep track of their medication and thus rely on caregivers to provide the right dosage at the right time. They may also be unable to communicate if their pain and discomfort increases, thus requiring more medication.
As a patient, your focus should be solely on regaining your health. When nurses, doctors, orderlies, health aides, or other providers are addicted to painkillers, they may commit additional medical fraud or abuse in order to hide their habit or theft. Lookalike medications could be substituted for the prescribed drug, or a patient is administered a lesser dose than what was needed.
If you discover that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice due to addiction of a medical care provider, call me right away at 877.944.4373. Don’t let an administrator or someone else’s lawyer tell you that you can’t take action. You have rights, and you deserve compensation. When I represent you in a medical malpractice suit, I’ll Make Them Pay!®