Sylva, NC asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for North Carolina

Q: I cut my fingers badly. I went to local Emergency Room. ER Doctor put 2 stitches in one in Each finger, No x-ray.

No referral to a surgeon nothing,

My fingers are numb.

Can I get legal help

2 Lawyer Answers

Denise Anderson

  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Concord, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: An emergency room doctor is normally trained to assess the extent of cuts or injuries and determine the correct treatment. A referral to a surgeon is not normally done for every cut and injuries to a finger; a referral is done if warranted based on the extent of the cut. Likewise, X-rays are not normally done for all cuts to fingers; this varies based on the degree of injury to the finger.

If anesthetic agents are used to numb a site before suturing, that site will fell numb for a short period. From the information you provide it cannot be determined when the numbness to your fingers started, how long it lasted, and what anesthetic agent was used prior to suturing the finger. These are important factors to know to determine if legal help is warranted.

Without knowing the degree of the cut to your fingers, it cannot be determine if the treatment you received was inadequate. Getting legal help and having a successful claim will be dependent on the factors I outlined above in my response.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Tim Akpinar

  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: You could consult with a North Carolina attorney, but they would need to review your injury and the scope of treatment in greater detail. Based on this information alone, and without records, it could be difficult for an attorney to make a call as to the merits of a claim.

Tim Akpinar

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