I was given my 3rd in a series of 3 Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) without the benefit of the neurosurgeon using his fluoroscope. When I was on th table the machine went down and would not reboot. As I waited (nervously), the doctor and nurse fried frantically to reboot it to get it working. After a couple of tries, the doc says "well I can do this without the fluoroscope - I don't need it". I was scared, nervous and didn't know what to do, so I stayed on the table and he did it. It was much more painful than the first 2. I had a lot of trouble afterward and whatever progress I may have made disappeared and it has been extremely more painful since - escalating to him telling I need a TLIF (after a discogram was also done).
My questions is should I talk to a lawyer about possible negligence? I was not given a choice for continuing the procedure. He just made his statement and then performed the injection. Is this typical? He didn't even hesitate. The doc only seemed concerned about his room full of patients. The injection substantially escalated what I was feeling - which was painful to begin with.
Any help would be appreciated.
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