Asked in Medical Malpractice, Consumer Law and Personal Injury

Q: Would you know of any cases where the Plaintiffs couldn't afford medicine and therefore suffered injury?

It is better if it is an international case

2 Lawyer Answers

Timur Akpinar


A: It could be difficult to build a case upon on this issue alone. If you are doing this in the course of research, you could also look into case law based on insurance coverage, where an injury or condition could be causally related to an insurance denial, based on medical necessity or other reason. You mention international. That could be difficult because insurance coverage tends to be covered by state laws in the U.S., and likely regional laws overseas. If this is about an actual situation that affects you, you might want to consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction.

Tim Akpinar

Peter N. Munsing

  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: There are many cases where poor people can't afford certain care and the defendant's raise it as a defense. If you mean can you sue because you're too rich for medical assistance too poor to afford the medicine? No, that's called legislation.

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