The consequences of medical malpractice can be lifelong and even life-ending for victims. People in Bozeman who have suffered due to medical negligence may be able to recover compensation for their damages. While collecting money can help individual patients, there are additional steps that could be taken to ensure that others do not suffer the same fate. A recent decision from the Montana Board of Medical Examiners reflects that sentiment.
In August of last year, Chris Christensen, a physician in Florence, was charged with 400 felonies. Among those charges were two counts of negligent homicide stemming from overdose deaths. The charges came more than a year after his clinic was raided. The state Board of Medical Examiners suspended his medical license after the raid, citing that Mr. Christensen had prescribed dangerous quantities and combinations of drugs.
The board then issued a probationary license to Mr. Christensen in May 2015. Under that license, he was not allowed to treat patients who were in pain. Further, another doctor would have to supervise his activity. It came to the board’s attention that Mr. Christensen, without having seen patients, wrote several prescriptions. As a result, the board revoked the doctor’s medical license.
Mr. Christensen has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him. In addition to potential criminal consequences, he could face civil penalties pending any lawsuits that could be filed against him. Montana enables victims of medical malpractice to sue negligent physicians for their wrongdoing. People who have questions regarding this issue should speak with an attorney.
Source: The Billings Gazette, “Florence doctor’s license revoked, practiced while suspended,” Jan. 4, 2016