Can I file a malpractice against pain clinic?

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Can I file a malpractice against pain clinic?

My pain clinic discharged me as a patient without a reason. I followed all of the requirements set forth in their pain management contract. I passed every drug screen and every pill count was accurate. They have treated me for 2 years without any problems. They do not care that I will most likely end up in the hospital and have to go to rehab. The pain clinic is owned and operated by the only hospital in my town and it just so happens that the rehab is also owned by the same hospital. I am not the only person that this has happened to they have released many patients in the last 2 months. The only patients that they are keeping on pain management are the ones that are being treated by them with expensive invasive procedures. They have even reduced a 70 year old woman’s pain pills even though she needs them to manage chronic pain due to severe osteoporosis and curvature of the spine, and severe arthritis. Can I file malpractice or a class action law suit against this clinic and the hospital. They are severely affecting the quality of life of chronic pain patients without caring if it hurts them. I believe that this is against the oath that doctor’s take to do no harm to their patients.

Asked on May 2, 2018 under Malpractice Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, this is not malpractice. Contrary to popular or common belief, doctors (or clinics) do *not* have an obligation to treat patients forever. The can stop seeing them if they feel they can no longer help; or if they feel their services may be hurting the patient (such as making him/her dependent); or if the patient is disruptive; or even for economic reasons, such as not being paid promptly or enough (such as compared to other patients, who are more profitable)--remember, doctors, clinics, and many hospitals are private businesses, and are allowed to take steps to make more money or increase profits. Malpractice is giving you care that is careless and harms you; it is not refusing to care for you. You will have to seek some other doctor or clinic.


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