Aiken, SC asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for South Carolina

Q: Would I have a claim of malpractice I had surgery and a day later I fell in the shower at the hospital

The nurse said I needed to get up and take a shower I didn't want to but she said I had to. She turned on the water didn't assist me but left me to go make up my bed. I fell in the shower, when I woke up three other nurses were giving me smelling stuff. They did blood work and ekg. The doctor on call check the incision and said it was okay. After I left the hospital, one side reopened , my doctor told me I didn't need to go to the hospital, just apply pressure. A week later I went to see the doctor she had to reopen to surface and ordered skilled nurse visits for three weeks until the opening closed. Over the last 5 years I have had multiple surgeries to remove scare tissue. Today I have to see a surgeons because the area has a knot and leaking.

1 Lawyer Answer
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: If this occurred 5 years ago, it may be beyond the time limit to sue. Consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your state.

What the nurse did might have been below the standard of care, depending on your condition--another health care provider would have to give your attorney an opinion after review the records.

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