Can I go after the doctor who prescribed me Prednisone?

I’ve been on prednisone for about 4 years, I have Sarcoidis. This was prescribed to me for the inflammation, due to being on the medicine it deteriorated the femur bone in my hip and a hip replacement was needed. I’m not sure if a bone density test was done. What can I do? Do I

have a cause to go after the doctor?

Asked on May 12, 2016 under Malpractice Law, Illinois

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Medical malpractice is negligence.  Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable medical practitioner in the community would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).
It would be advisable to be examined and have your medical records reviewed by another doctor.  If that doctor writes a report which supports a malpractice claim, proceed with the case.
If the report supports a malpractice claim, it may be possible to settle the case with the first doctor's malpractice insurance carrier.  Your claim filed with the malpractice insurance carrier should include your medical bills, medical reports from both doctors and documentation of wage loss.
Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports will be used to determine compensation for pain and suffering which is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.
If the case is settled with the malpractice insurance carrier, NO lawsuit is filed.
If you are dissatisfied with settlement offers from the malpractice insurance carrier, reject the settlement offers and file a lawsuit for negligence against the first doctor.
If the case is NOT settled, your lawsuit for negligence must be filed prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.


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