Is a pain management doctor allowed to just cut you off with no notice and not providing any medication

I’m trying to get some information in regards to pain management doctors cutting you off prescription opioids without giving any notice or no prescription until you find a new doctor

Asked on March 13, 2018 under Malpractice Law, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It may be malpractice IF current standard medical practice would be to taper you off or provide you some small amount (a small prescription) to bridge you over until you get to a new doctor. But it would almost certainly NOT be worth suing over:
1) If there's no permanent injury or harm, the amount of compensation for temporary bad pain management is very small; but
2) Malpractice cases can be very expensive, you have to hire a medical expert (a doctor) to examine you and your case, write a report, and testify in court--and you can't make the other side pay for your expert, meaning you will bear a typically $1,500 - $3,000 cost yourself (and that's even beore considering the cost of a lawyer).

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