Q: Hi, I was curious if have a case. When I had my daughter last year I had an epidural which caused a spinal headache.
The day after my delivery I received a blood patch and the anesthesiologist that preformed the procedure was off. He didn't want to do, he was not very present while doing it, said he'd be back in 20 minutes but didn't come back for a couple hours and didn't really care that I still had a slight headache after. He didn't give me any instructions but after he left when my nurse came in she yelled at me why I wasn't laying flat. You have to lay completely flat for it to work which he did not tell me. Two days later my spinal headache came back and I had to go to the ER and had another blood patch which was terrible, I couldn't walk on my own for a couple weeks. The same nurse that yelled at me said she was not happy with the anesthesiologist and how he dealt with me that day and she said she was going to put it in her records. I now have a $100 copay bill from the ER and I was curious if I had a case because I dont think I should have to pay that because it medical negligence. Thank you
A: An Illinois attorney could advise best on this, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could contact Illinois med mal attorneys to see if they would offer a free initial consult. If an attorney felt that you might have the grounds for a claim, they could request your records and review them with a medical professional. Some of the elements, such as the copay or being scolded regarding the instructions, while unsettling, would not likely be found feasible to pursue by an attorney. But a medical processional could help an attorney assess the significance of the more substantive issues outlined and whether the matter justifies examining in closer detail. Good luck
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