A Dilaudid side effects lawyer notes that a New York hospital and a physician face allegations they failed to warn a patient who was administered the narcotic pain killer Dilaudid, about its serious side effects, including its propensity for affecting one’s ability to drive. Affected patients injured due to the fault of a healthcare provider may be able to pursue claims for compensation with the help of a medical malpractice attorney.
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Judge: Dilaudid Side Effects Played a Role in Serious Accident
A judge’s opinion in a 1916 case played a key role in an appeals court’s unusual decision to let a third-party lawsuit related to a car accident move forward. According to the ABA Journal, the appeals court decided by a 4 – 2 margin to let a school bus driver who was struck by a patient leaving a hospital sue the patient’s hospital and physician. Generally, a physician and a hospital’s duty of care extends only to their patients. However, an exception was favored by the majority party, who referenced the 1916 case MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co.
Additional details of the current case reveal that the patient allegedly responsible for the accident was given the narcotic pain reliever Dilaudid after she was admitted to the hospital following complaints of abdominal distress. She was then discharged and attempted to drive herself home about an hour and a half after taking the medication. Allegedly, neither the patient’s doctor nor anyone else at the hospital warned her of the dangerous Dilaudid side effects associated with driving while taking the medication, the website reported.
Affected Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Patients who have been injured due to the fault of a healthcare provider may be entitled to compensation. Damages may include:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies as a result of a healthcare provider’s mistake, family members may be able to pursue wrongful death claims. These kinds of damages can include:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Affected families are encouraged to speak with a medical malpractice lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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