Massachusetts is allowing a new form of malpractice lawsuit to go forward:
A woman wrecked her car, killing an innocent bystander. Now the bystander’s widow is suing the woman’s doctors, arguing that they should have warned her not to drive while taking the pain medicines they prescribed.
The problem is, a majority of medications can lead to lightheadedness and dizziness, which in theory, can impair the ability to drive. Blood pressure and diabetes drugs for instance. Should patients taking these medications be warned not to drive?
At the very least, I would be very wary of prescribing any form of narcotic medications if these types lawsuits were to succeed. Patients lose again.