Doctors Performing Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Can Make Deadly Mistakes
Tenacious representation for victims throughout Washington, D.C.
There has been a worrisome amount of reports in the news about healthcare professionals working while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Aside from the illegality, there are a slew of other potential problems that can and do arise when a doctor, surgeon, nurse or staff member performs a medical procedure while intoxicated. At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we handle claims involving doctors under the influence aggressively and efficiently. We know there is no excuse for such behavior and that their actions may have put your life or that of your family members at risk. If you were treated at a Washington, D.C. healthcare facility by an intoxicated medical professional, we want to hear your story.
A troublesome trend
One study claims that as many as 10% of all doctors are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Being an addict does not necessarily mean that your doctor is high or drunk while attending to you, but common sense says the chances of addicts performing while under the influence is higher than those of non-addicts. Some of the reasons such high numbers of doctors are found to be under the influence may include:
- Easier access to prescription medications, which can be found in the pharmacies of hospitals or in medication carts along the hallways
- Self-prescribing, or having colleagues prescribe medications as a “professional favor”
- Difficulty in having an intoxicated doctor’s license pulled by the state licensing boards in Washington, D.C.
- Increased stress levels caused by long shifts and not enough sleep
- Inadequate care facilities or options for addicts
- Hospital staff refusing to disclose a potential problem for fear of being “punished” by the addict or the administration
In truth, the reasons behind a doctor’s addictions are probably very similar to the reasons behind any addictions: the inability to cope with life’s pressures in a healthy way, and the denial of a problem.
At Paulson & Nace, we believe that addiction is an illness – but we also believe that people who are sick need to seek treatment before they infect, harm or lead to the wrongful death of others. These are incredibly complex and delicate medical malpractice cases, and may take a long time to build and present. Our attorneys stay with our clients from beginning to end. Partner Barry Nace once litigated a case for 18 years, because he refused to settle for less than our client deserved. While we make every attempt to resolve our cases quickly, we do not sacrifice our clients’ best interests to reach a speedy resolution that benefits the hospital or offending practitioner.
Cases we handle
Our trial attorneys take on cases involving intoxicated medical professionals who performed the following while under the influence of drugs or alcohol:
- Surgical procedures
- Administration of anesthesia
- Prescribing or administering medications
- Monitoring patients
- Making life-changing decisions in an emergency room
- Reviewing charts or medical histories
- Entering crucial medical information into a facility’s recordkeeping software
No matter what steps your doctor, surgeon, nurse or other healthcare provider performed while under the influence, Paulson & Nace will fight on your behalf to hold them accountable for their actions.
Putting patients’ rights first throughout Washington, D.C.
Paulson & Nace, PLLC, is dedicated to protecting victims and their families throughout Washington, D.C. If you were treated by an intoxicated healthcare provider, our family wants to help you protect your family. Please call 202-463-1999 or fill out our contact form to discuss your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.