A local malpractice lawyer would need to order your medical records and send them to an expert to review to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
Your case requires close analysis by a medical malpractice attorney. Gather up all of your medical files and visit a local lawyer for a free consultation. Be sure to ask about the statute of limitations given that the treatment was of such a long duration. Best of luck.
First, the statute of limitations form med mal is 2 1/2 years in NYS, and unless the MD was treating you for the same condition continuously beyond that, that time limit applies. You need to discuss specifics with a medical malpractice attorney.
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I would want to know hat routine blood work did he give you. How is your liver function and kidney function and where thise tests given on a routine basis. Have you had imaging of your brain done during all these years on heavy duty pain meds. The HIPPA issue is not relevant. Your use of marijuana is an issue but the doctor should have tapered you off the narcotic pain meds over time. You need to see I you have irreversible damage to your organs and brain from the decade plus use of heavy doses of pain meds.
I know some good malpractice lawyers in your area, but this is a tough case to prove. You would need to show he was negligent and have other doctors testify to that. You need to consult with the best in your area to have a chance.
John J. Carney Esq. 917 696 2363
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