Q: I have dropfoot & nerve pain in foot/leg since 6/'15, which wasn't fixed surgically, due to no wk/end staff doing MRI's
My surgery was delayed over the weekend, (MRI staffing is not on duty on weekends unless brought in on "emergencies"), and an additional delay of about 8 hours, because of being allowed a meal right before being told I would need to have surgery on my back right away to try to fix the problem.
The surgeon who was assigned to me on that Monday and operated on me said the drop foot condition should have been enough of an indication to the ER doctor, that an emergency needing urgent surgical treatment, (preceded by MRI, etc.), within the first 48 hours of symptoms such as drop foot, to hope for at best a 50/50 chance of reversal of the condition, and every hour that passes after that, the chances grow steadily slimmer.
I believe the hospital, and the ER doctor and his staff on duty did not have my best interest in mind, but were only considering costs, due to hospital or insurance policies.
Do I have a malpractice case, or a case against insurance company policies?Who can I contact?
Contact a member of the Mo. Assn of Trial Attorneys who handles malpractice cases. They give free consults.
An issue would be what happened before--it's rare to develop immediate dropfoot. Much will also depend on what the ER records say. Separate from the lawsuit bus., make sure you have a good rehab specialist and hopefully you can develop enough functionality to overcome the symptoms.
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