You feel a little out of sorts one day, which leads to feeling a bit worse in coming days or weeks. You can’t pinpoint it, but your life is busy; there’s no time to go to the doctor. It’s likely nothing so you set out to do a little of your own investigating on WebMD or other reputable medical site like the Mayo Clinic. The symptoms you plug in begin to pop back with some pretty scary conditions. It’s official – you’re going to a doctor.
When you haven’t been sick for years and don’t have a regular doctor, you do a lot of research to find the right one. It’s horrifying when you have reason to learn that the person you put your ultimate trust in, knowingly betrayed you. Doctors who prescribe unnecessary medication and dilute crucial dosages of drugs needed to save patients’ lives are not only violating an oath they took, but they’re committing medical malpractice.
When your life is at stake, you tend to let medical professionals take control. You believe they know exactly what you need and are going to make sure that you receive the best care and treatment they can provide. The frightening truth is that some of these doctors value dollar signs over patient care and have figured out ways to game the system by compromising your health. So much for “do no harm.”
Medical negligence for personal gain
There have been some pretty high profile cases revolving around intentional tampering of medication by doctors. Some of these cases even involve intentional misdiagnosis in order to prescribe unnecessary medications that are then altered so that the doctor can maximize profits. Take a look at some of the troubling cases that have come to light:
- The Michigan doctor who was falsely diagnosing patients with epilepsy and prescribing anti-seizure medication called Lamictal. Not only were patients not epileptic but the doctor was prescribing increased doses of a medication that was making them sick. All of this was in an effort to commit health care fraud.
- A New York nurse recently was caught diluting injectable opioids with tap water. The drugs were being provided to cancer patients who became infected with Sphingomonas paucimobilis While none of the patients have been reported as dying from the infection, the nurse intentionally caused harm by diluting the drugs to retain some for her own use.
- The podcast “Bad Batch” evolved from a stem cell treatment medical malpractice The stem cell serum hastily produced by Genetech, Inc. and distributed by Liveyon, was knowingly sold to medical practitioners who treated unsuspecting patients. Genetech, Inc. – with a lab staffed by doctors – violated 19 FDA protocols for good manufacturing process, causing the product to be highly dangerous to patients.
Doctors and medical professionals in every setting of the medical field owe a duty to provide the standard of medical care in their area of medicine when treating patients. A failure to adhere to these standards of care may result in medical negligence if a patient becomes injured or dies. Instances of medical malpractice include failure to provide correct treatment, which extends to production of medications, and misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition.
Doctors are supposed to help patients, not intentionally hurt them in order to enlarge their bank accounts. People who are scared and at their lowest moments are putting their hope into these medical professionals to cure their illness and pain. Taking advantage of fear and creating victims out of patients can’t be tolerated, and you could be entitled to compensation for damages you have sustained.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a medical professional, you need the experienced and tenacious legal representation of the Alabama medical malpractice attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm. Speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys by calling 205-206-6300 to schedule your free case evaluation, or we invite you to reach out to us through our contact page. We take pride in serving the citizens of the State of Alabama with offices located in Birmingham, Mobile, Florence, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, and Montgomery for your convenience.