A patient of West Bloomfield, Michigan Dr. Scott Cooper recently contacted our law firm to investigate a medical malpractice case for the over-prescribing prescription drugs. Dr. Cooper is an internal medicine physician who saw patients at Comprehensive Medical Associates.
Dr. Cooper was recently indicted by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for several drug related charges. The indictment states that he “ignored warning signs that his patients were addicted or selling the drugs and frequently failed to take commonly accepted steps such as requiring drug screens or checking MAPS before prescribing.”
The indictment arises from more than 20,000 prescriptions that he wrote to patients between March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2018. This included scripts for oxycodone tablets and other controlled substances. The indictment also alleges that he prescribed significant doses of methadone, hydrocodone, amphetamines, and alprazolone.
Further, the indictment alleges that patients suffered harm as a result of these drugs. This includes one patient who purportedly died shortly after taking a controlled substance. At this time, these are only criminal allegations and the charges are yet to be proven. Under criminal statutes, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
In addition to criminal charges, Dr. Scott Cooper and his medical practice will likely face civil lawsuits filed by patients. Patients who are addicted to these drugs and suffered adverse medical conditions may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. An experienced attorney can sue both Dr. Scott Cooper and his medical practice for the harms and losses suffered by these patients.
Medical negligence lawsuits demand compensation resulting from over prescribing prescription drugs. Settlements include payouts for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological damages, disability and loss of enjoyment of life. Additional compensation can be won for lost wages, additional medical expenses, and other financial losses.
In cases involving a patient death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases demand compensation for the pain and suffering of the family prior to death, as well as the loss of companionship suffered by surviving family members. Additional settlement money can be sought for a loss of earnings and support to family members.
There are strict time deadlines for filing medical malpractice lawsuits in Michigan. In general, you must sue the medical professional within two years of the negligent act. For cases where there has been continuing treatment over a lengthy period, the time deadline can often be extended. And, the limitations period is extended for cases involving a patient death.
To learn more about these cases and your legal rights, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at The Buckfire Law Firm now. We have successfully won substantial settlements and jury verdicts in cases against doctors, clinics, and hospitals since 1969. Let our winning legal team go to work for you.
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