Medical Malpractice and Intoxication
One of the most important aspects of any doctor-patient relationship is trust. As a patient, you should be able to trust your physician, nurse, or surgeon with your life and never have to worry about whether or not he or she isn’t 100 percent in control of their actions. Unfortunately, there are cases every year across the United States where doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals work under the influence of alcohol.
These professionals are trusted to take care of our lives and are, therefore, expected to be physically and mentally able to handle anything throw their way. When doctors are under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work, they are increasing the risk of making a mistake and putting innocent lives at risk, not to mention committing a crime.
Why Intoxication is Dangerous
Medical procedures are often very complex and require doctors and nurses to perform at their best at all times. When any medical professional is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she is much more likely to make a mistake during the diagnosis or during the procedure. While alcohol affects everyone differently, it’s likely to have one or more of the following effects on your doctor:
- Cause lapse of judgment during diagnosis stage, potentially causing the doctor to miss something crucial or diagnose you with the wrong condition
- Compromise the doctor or nurses motor skills during delicate operations
- Affect the medical professional’s vision
- Cause him or her to forget crucial facts about a patient or an operation
- Make a mistake when prescribing medicine
Any of the above mistakes could be detrimental to a patient in numerous ways, from causing physical injuries and ailments to emotional trauma to serious financial burdens.
Drinking while on the job or prior to performing a surgery is a grossly negligent act for which a doctor should be held accountable. Our lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, can help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve if you’ve suffered at the hands of such a reckless and reprehensible medical professional. Call (617) 426-4488 today to discuss your situation.