The number of people struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs has grown steadily over the last couple of decades. When people in Providence develop such an addiction, one then might question what role their doctors played in contributing to such a problem. While doctors are bound to treat their patients in the best way that they believe possible, they are also relied upon to spot those instances where they may be fueling their patients’ addictions. A failure to do so could result in harm to a patient from a drug’s dangerous side effects, and leave the doctor facing serious penalties.
Such is the case of an Iowa doctor currently on trial for involuntary manslaughter for his role in deaths of eight of his patients. One of those patients was the former bassist for the band Slipknot, whose death brought national attention to the case. According to the guitarist’s widow, she had continually warned the doctor of her husband’s addiction, even going so far as to show him photos of her husband passed out following a drug binge. While her warnings did lead to the doctor to prescribing her husband anti-addiction medication, he also continued to prescribe him other drugs, including pain medication. This pattern of prescription had previously emerged following several medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits filed against the doctor.
Those who’ve seen the actions of a negligent physician lead to similar criminal charges should not deterred from seeking civil action against him or her, should they wish to do so. They’re well within their rights to seek compensation for their pain and suffering. Those wanting to initiate such action may wish to seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
Source: Complete Music Update “Late Slipknot bassist’s wife testifies against former doctor” Andy Malt, Apr. 25, 2014