Doctors have been found liable in similar situations in past lawsuits. Patients have successfully sued doctors claiming medical negligence and product liability. Both types of suits make sense, considering it is the doctor’s duty to be sure that the medication given to a patient is safe.
In negligence cases against doctors, the argument is that the doctor breached the required standard of care simply because she or he knew or should have known that the makers of the product were not meeting their standards when making the medication.
Doctors can sometimes be considered “sellers” when they prescribe a product. Because of this, doctors can face product liability charges. Product liability claims seek to hold those involved in the product manufacturing and selling accountable for the damages that occurred because of the product.
A patient who has faced a drug-related illness or injury due to a faulty medication may be entitled to compensation. A medical malpractice attorney can assist the injured party in the determination of negligence, which may include the action or inaction of the attending physician and the medical facility as a whole.
Abstract: Many people could be filing lawsuits against their doctors after patients fell ill from a prescribed steroid that was contaminated by a manufacturing center in New England.