Is it medical malpractice if my doctor gave me medicine for high blood pressure but don’t have it and the medicine made me sick?

Apparently I have never had high blood pressure (in fact after being taken off of the pills it returned to normal). However, the medicine that I was put on caused my blood pressure to drop low and I was in the hospital because I was always having chest pains. I was diagnosed with acid reflux and the cause of the drop in my blood pressure was caused by the pills that my doctor put me on. I was told by 2 doctors never to take the pills again and that I should’ve never been put on them. I was very weak and light-headed and spent 5 days in the hospital. My doctor told me he put me on pills due to anxiety. Is that medical malpractice?

Asked on September 25, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It may be medical malpractice, since medical malpractice is  medical care that is careless--like prescribing blood pressure medicine for someone without high blood pressure. However, it may not be worth suing over: if you suffered for only around 5 days, you would not get any "pain and suffering," so all you could recover is your out-of-pocket (not paid by insurance) medical costs and lost wages (if any). However, medical malpractice suits can be very expensive--you need to hire a medical expert of your own--which means that unless the bills you paid are very high, it's not likely worthwhile to sue.


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