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California woman sues doctor for medical malpractice

Even in today's day and age of advanced medicine and technology, medical malpractice lawsuits are still filed on a regular basis. Recently, a California woman filed a lawsuit against a doctor claiming he is responsible for her addiction to drugs due to over-prescribing medications. Along with this, it should be noted that the same doctor has allegedly caused 11 people to die as a result of an overdose.

Along with the doctor, the woman's lawsuit names several others including Long's Drug Stores, CVS Caremark and Walgreens.

In early 2012, the doctor was arrested for federal drug trafficking charges and pleaded guilty to failure to maintain proper security and storage and illegally prescribing a controlled substance. Along with this, he was charged with two counts of illegally prescribing a narcotic earlier this year.

During the time when the woman was under the doctor's care, she claims that he put her on a "pain management regimen that consisted of a complex combination of highly addictive, dangerous medications in increasingly higher dosages over time." The woman says this led to her drug addiction, causing her to seek and use drugs, despite the consequences.

She is seeking damages for medical malpractice as compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering she has gone through as a result of the doctor's actions.

This medical malpractice case is unique in some ways, including the fact that the doctor has a long history of making errors.Those who believe they have a medical malpractice case may find the guidance of a personal injury attorney very helpful. It's important to understand your rights as a plaintiff in such a cases.

Source: UPI, "Malpractice suit accuses 'Candy Man’ Dr. Julio Diaz of facilitating addiction and overdoses" Evan Bleier, Dec. 23, 2013

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