I was in a car accident 3 months ago. Waiting at a red light and some reckless driver crashes into the back of my vehicle, resulting in my neck and spine injured. The driver only had minimum liability insurance which in Nevada is only $15,000 for medical payments.
I hired a personal injury attorney who recommended I go see a chiropractor, which was worthless and stopped going. The chiro referred me to a pain mgmt doctor who was willing to accept an attorney lien.
The pain management doctor appeared professional at my consultation and requested I get an MRI for further evaluation. I got the MRI and it showed several issues with my cervical and lumbar, several bulging discs, narrowing a a cynovial cyst.
This pain mgmt doctor recommended facet injections for my neck and epidural injections for my spine, which would hopefully provide better relief and better alternative to the many common issues associated with pain pills.
So I scheduled the appt and took the day off work and did the injection procedures which helped reduce about 50% of the pain in the neck, but no relief in the spine. The pain is still constant and only getting worse.
The MRI cost $3,300 and the outpatient medical procedures cost $11,000 dollars for use of the surgery center facility for the 3 hours I was there, plus $880 for the anesthesiologist and $5,350 for the pain mgmt doctor to do the injections.
I am pissed that my pain mgmt dr failed to advise me of the fees in advance, which by reading this one can easily calculate my medical expenses far exceed the lousy $15,000 liability limit which I will now be liable for the remaining expenses that I can not afford to pay. Perhaps it is typical that a dr just speaks with the atty prior to the procedures to inquire if this is a reasonable fee for the atty lien/future settlement, I don't know. Regardless, I think this dr should have advised me of the many fees involved in addition to explaining how the procedures will benefit my injury.
Of course I am disappointed that the injections are just a temporary remedy, and as mentioned only helped some-but did not rid all of the pain.
What really gets me upset is I called the pain mgmt dr the other day and asked them to put together a copy of my file for my personal records and was told it is office policy they would charge me .60 cents per page. I told the receptionist I was speaking with on the phone that I find it insulting that I have spent over $17,000 dollars (3 hours at surgery ctr and less than 1 hour at dr office consultation) and find the office policy insulting and request she speak with the dr to get the .60 cent/page office policy fee waived. She actually argued with me and told me the dr will not waive the fee and I would be wasting my time pursuing such an issue, as everybody pays .60 cents/page.
I am so frustrated by the constant pain, the lack of advance notice of fees and to top it off, the receptionists' attitude handling my request about their office policy. Needless to say, I am very frustrated!!!
End of my rant