Q: What constitutes medical malpractice?
Last Tuesday I was admitted to IU Ball Memorial Hospital with severe chest pains and headache. They ran several tests and on Friday I was told all the tests results looked OK and I could go home. Saturday I woke up with both eyes totally blood-shot, large, painful welts on my forehead and scalp and trouble swallowing. I went to MedExpress where 2 doctors said I was having a flare-up of Wegener's granulomatosis, a condition I have been treated for previously at Ball, and to get to a hospital ASAP. I came to Methodist Hospital in Indy where they confirmed the diagnosis and began immediate, aggressive treatment. Was Ball Hospital negligent by ignoring the facts that I had an elevated creatine level and new lung infiltrates which are both symptoms of a Wegener's flare while I was at Ball last week? I was not aware of this until my doctor at Methodist told me. I could have died. I may yet.
A: It could be negligence but to have a case you have to show there was a fallout that would not have happened if they had done it right,pulled your chart, unless there was something when you went there that indicated it couldn't be the old diagnosis.
Best thing to do is call a member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consults.
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