Inebriated Medical Professionals Are a Danger to Patients
Ohio medical malpractice attorneys advocate for patients injured by a doctor who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
The Ohio medical malpractice lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law hold medical care providers to a reasonable standard of care. There is no excuse for working while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Our attorneys hold doctors and nurses whose inebriated state caused the patient harm accountable by trying medical malpractice cases before juries. We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for medical error against many health care providers and are proud of the victories inside and outside of the courtroom. To learn more, visit one of our offices in Chesterland, Columbus, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, or Cincinnati.
The reasons doctors abuse alcohol and drugs
Doctors and nurses are susceptible to alcohol and drug abuse like everyone else. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors are not immune to alcohol dependency. Nearly 10 to 12 percent of doctors will develop an alcohol or drug abuse problem during the life of their medical career. Doctors have easy access to drugs that can affect their judgment and ability to treat patients. Being a physician is also very stressful, which may lead the health care provider to turn to substances to “take the edge off.”
Simply put, an inebriated doctor is not going to give the patient the physical and mental attention the patient deserves. Doctors and nurses need to operate at full mental awareness in order to take a complete oral history, give a full physical exam, order the correct medical tests, make the right diagnosis, and order the right treatment. Medical treatments, such as surgeries, require that the doctor be able to think and act with complete clarity and dexterity.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our medical malpractice lawyers work hand-in-hand with on-staff Registered Nurses to examine your case. We dig deep to discover:
- If there a lack of judgment during the diagnosis stage that caused the doctor to make an incorrect diagnosis of the patient’s condition
- If important symptoms missed or ignored
- If the lack of motor skills affect the doctor or nurse during any medical procedure including surgery
- If the inebriated state caused the doctor to write the wrong prescription
- If the doctor or nurse forgot an important detail at any stage
Our lawyers will review is who is liable when a doctor or nurse is inebriated and that inebriation causes the patient harm. The inebriated health care provider will be held accountable. But hospitals are liable for the negligence of their employees. While many of the health care providers are employees, doctors are not normally employees of the hospital. How much control the hospital had over the doctor is a key issue in deciding if the doctor was an employee.
A competent medical malpractice lawyer from Crandall & Pera Law will investigate whether the hospital had knowledge of the inebriation before it allowed the doctor to perform a surgery or treat a patient. Hospitals can be found liable for prior knowledge of inebriation even if the doctor was not a hospital employee.
Crandall & Pera Law holds inebriated Ohio doctors accountable for their acts of medical negligence
There is never an excuse for a healthcare provide to be under the influence at work. At Crandall & Pera Law, you always work with a skilled Ohio medical malpractice lawyer who fights on your behalf. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out contact form to reserve an appointment at one of our offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chagrin Falls, Columbus, and Chesterland. We do not stop fighting for you.