I had been going to a pain clinic in Swansea MA but live in RI. I was there for a few years. I was prescribed heavy narcotics. I became tolerant. The Dr. Threw me off cold turkey..no weaning at all. I was forced to buy pain pills on the street. I quit my really good job because of this. I am now in treatment and have been pill free for almost two years. This Dr ruined my life. Is there any recourse at all?
There may be Statute of limitations issues as in Massachusetts, any medical malpractice action for injury or death must be brought within three years after the cause of action accrued. Moreover, if there was a medical justification for stopping your medications you may not have a case either. Speak to Massachusetts malpractice counsel if the records warrant review.
All cases of medical negligence must be file with the court by a certain date or all rights to make a claim are forever lost. If you feel strongly about this claim you should contact and meet an attorney from your state as soon as possible. The time to file a claim may be very close or already expired. You should only rely on an attorney from your state with regard to the statute of limitations and how the facts of your claim apply. I am not from your state and I do not know all the facts. Generally however this is what I understand the statute of limitations to be in Mass. Actions against health care providers must be filed within three years of the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred or within three years of its discovery. In no event can the statute of limitations be extended more than seven years after the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred, unless the action is based on a foreign object being left in the body.
In order to pursue any medical negligence case it is necessary to show a deviation from the standard of care--basically meaning the level at which the average, prudent provider in a given community would practice. It is how similarly qualified practitioners would have managed the patient's care under the same or similar circumstances. In order to find out if you were the victim of negligence, you need to retain a lawyer willing to investigate the claim. The lawyer will gather your medical records and have them reviewed by a medical expert who will be asked to offer an opinion as to whether 1. the care and treatment you received fell below the applicable standard of care and 2. caused an injury. There is no claim to pursue unless and until such an opinion is secured.
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