Q: Likelihood of winning a medical malpractice suit?
A co-worker of mine recently suffered two strokes because his doctor prescribed him two medications that are NOT supposed to be taken at the same time. The doctor was fired after it was discovered that the mix of these medications caused the strokes. What are my co-workers chances of winning a malpractice suit against the doctor or the practice? To me they seem high, especially since the doctor was fired which acknowledges malpractice. Anyone have expertise in this?
A: I don't think anyone can predict with any certainty how a medical negligence lawsuit might turn out. Even with the most compelling facts, there is no way with the information you provided to know how this case would be decided. From what you have described, if a physician in the same or similar practice specialty as the doctor who has allegedly been negligent in causing the two strokes testifies to that act or omission as being a cause of the strokes, then it would be up to the jury to decide based on the evidence. The defendant doctor will have hired his/her own expert physician who undoubtedly will testify that this doctor did everything right and that stuff happens, including two strokes that are not related to the prescription medication.
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