By Steve Ariens.
Some professionals claim to be “experts”; however, few are experts in the entire scope of their chosen field of study. Most likely they will end up being “specialists” in certain subsets of their profession. Either because they have become interested in one or more subsets, or that is where there is a need to provide services.
Has anyone noticed that there are seemingly endless array of personal injury attorneys appearing on TV, offering to sue someone because someone has gotten injured or died?
Most seem to focus on trucking/vehicles accidents, nursing home neglect, and other areas where there is some entity with a “deep pocket” to sue.
I have heard or read from countless chronic pain patients, about them contacting an attorney to sue over patient abuse/neglect/discrimination - and all have been turned down.
They are being turned down because in our legal system, the “value of life” of a person who is handicapped/disabled, elderly, unemployable, retired, is about the same as the value of the family pet… nearly ZERO. Likewise, if a law firm did take such a case, most states have a rather low cap on settlements… To a point where there is no financial upside for the law firm for winning the case.
But the “the times they are a changing”… An increasing number of various healthcare entities are seemingly taking it upon themselves to practice medicine. Some of those entities are insurance companies, PBM’s, large hospital corporations, chain pharmacies and other such entities.
They are creating edicts that their employed prescribers, pharmacists and others are to limit/restrict controlled medications - regardless of what the patient’s personal prescriber deems necessary.
Beside attempting practicing medicine without a license, they are discriminating against a protected class of people under the Americans with Disability Act, Civil Rights Act and numerous other legal issues.
What do these healthcare businesses have in common with the entities that these personal injury attorney normally sue? DEEP POCKETS!!!
Now is the time for chronic pain patients to start contacting law firms and point out to them - EDUCATE THEM… all the patient abuse, neglect and discrimination that is going on at the hands of these corporate entities that are called “healthcare companies” - and individually these companies are harming hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of chronic pain patients.
With 20 to 30 million intractable chronic pain patients in our country, the total number of patients being affected is really not known. All we know is that whatever the number is today, it is GROWING.
OR… you can keeping contacting President Trump, members of Congress, signing petitions and creating hundreds of Facebook pages… and how has that been working for you?