Q: My Dr falsified my medical records in order to perform an inappropriate surgery.
My Doctor performed a lumbar laminectomy decompression surgery on me for lower back pain. He falsified my medical records to say that I had radiating pain down my buttock and legs, he said that was my primary complaint. I had no pain anywhere except me lower back, I can prove that using the records from his own office. I saw his RN 5 times before seeing him, nowhere in her notes does it mention radiating pain. I have since been told by my new Dr that surgery is only appropriate when radiating pain is present. I have a degenerative disc at L4-L5. He said that a fusion with discectomy is the only surgery recommended for my diagnosis and even that only has a 60% success rate.
I have contacted a Lawyer in WA state he told me that I will need to pay $10,000 to have an expert testify that the surgery was not warranted. I don't have that kind of money. My back pain is worse after the surgery. I can no longer work and now have radiating pain. Is there some way that I can sue him for the him?
A: All I can suggest is to check with some other attorneys who are members of the state of Washington Assn for Justice who handle medical malpractice cases.They give free consultations. Depending on what your MRI's show, op notes show, pathology report shows, if your disc was shot it wouldn't be malpractice. But get a free consultation.
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