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need advice, think i should sue hospital

So in 2006 i was in a severe snowboarding accident where i fractured 6 vertabra. Since the accident i have been in chronic pain. In december of 2011 i was in Colorado and fell bout 8 feet and landed on my back. No immediate difference in pain. When i got back tp maryland after a month or so my pain began to get really really bad. So much so i got to a point where i would consider suicide every single day. I have been to the emergency room twice, been to a few different immidiate care places. And i told them, i have been in chronic pain since 2006, but now the pain is different. Also told the doctors about my fall in Colorado, and told a few of them my back feels like is collapsing on itself ALL THE TIME. I NEED HELP. maybe once or twice they gave me percocet and sent me home. Other times they say take motrin.

So two nights ago i could not take it any more.and i had done some research on my symptoms. I decided from what i read online i had a compression fracture in my spine. Went to the hospital had to tell them, hey i think i have had a broken vertaba for 8 months. they didmt belive me but they did take an xray. And yup compression fracture at t11. Dose anyone else belive i should sue? There is no reason i should have been living in such agony for 8 months. And the doctors would tell me to keep active and do exercise.

Would love any input.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    edited 08/23/2012 - 2:44 AM
    1 ) At your various visits to the emergency room and immediate care facilities, did they take any X-Rays or other diagnostic tests? - What were those results?

    2 ) What did the doctors at both facilities tell you what your problem was? They wouldn't hand out narcotics for any reason

    3 ) Finally, what would be the reason for you suing? Financial or Principle?
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  • No they never took an xray or anything, tge doctors would say i pulled a muscle or strained my back. This past monday night i went back and told them i thought my back was broken and i needed an xray. They took the xray and said t11 had a compression fracture. And there could be more higher up but they would need another xray. Not having insurance knowing one has been broken for eight months. Im suing for both, i havent been able to normal activities for eight months let alone work a job. And im extremely mad i have been seen more than just once or twice for it. Told them i fell in december and that the pain was bad before but it is different now. Also the fact that i had to figure it out for myselef then go to the emergency room with no insurance. So now i know what is wrong but it is extremely hard to
    get help because i have no income and no insurance.

    Also, i want to make a point that just because there so damn many drug addicts in this country dose not mean everyone is. Doctors should not ignore people who are in real pain and just have a hard time getting help. Its rediculous hard difficult it is to tell someone you are in pain. But in their head all they see is a drug addict looking for a fix
  • BookAlexanderSBBookAlexanderS Posts: 16
    edited 08/23/2012 - 5:10 AM
    Sorry for mispells n whatnot, i type on my phone and screen is cracked.

    Knowing i had one broken vertebra for eight months was enough*
    The big thing is i did have blue cross blue shield insurance untill july 31st.
    If i had know sooner i could have easily gotten help, now it seems almost impossible evwn though i know for a face i have a compression fracture. Also the doctors would tell me stretch and light exercises, the EXACT OPPOSITE of what i should have been doing.
  • Also, im not 100% on this but... i talked to my girls friend who is a radiologist and he was asking if i had alot of shoulder pain, which i do. It is also very painful to keep my head held up, he said there is probably a fracture up there too. I am not the type to sue, but its has been 8 months and i have been in so much unbearable pain daily i contemplated suicide because i just could not handle all the pain and not being able to sleep. Having family members call me lazy and ruin relationships with people because they couldnt understand the amount of pain i am in. And how incredibly hard it was for me every single day just to get out of bed and sit in a chair.
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    edited 08/23/2012 - 11:41 AM
    In your very first post you stated " i suffered are open right tib/fib break, thigh muscle ripped from right thigh, fractured right hip, ruptured my spleen, lacerated my kidney, broke some ribs, collapsed both lungs, fractured skull, and 6 fractured vertabrea in my upper back and neck."

    Did they diagnose all of that with x-ray vision?? - It would seem that they had to have done some form of imaging over many various parts of your body to be able to diagnose all of those injuries.

    Upper back and neck would include T11 so are you saying that they missed the compression fracture at that time? What type of treatment did they do at the time of your injury? Research shows that compression fracture tend to heal in an 8 to10 week time frame - so it is questionable if they would do anything interventional at this later time.

    You refer to your accident in 2006 - but then talk about the compression fracture 8 months ago - was there and accident 8 months ago (the fall in 2011)(what was the nature and cause of the fall)(please no snowboarding with the chroniic pain from 2006) - or is this from the 2006 accident. I don't understand the timeline.

    Any time you are looking toward suing a doctor or hospital - you first need to find an attorney who will take the case. They will take the case if they believe that the "resonable standard of care" was not provided.

    With all the information you have provided - you haven't disclosed how the reasonable standard of care was not followed as you have not told us of the theraputics that were rendered.

    One standard that I do see an issue with is that if you are telling doctors that you are suicidal due to pain - that they haven't - didn't admit you for a 72 hour suicide watch, as that is a reasonable standard of care applied by most ER's and physicians when there is a stated suicidal ideation.

    It would seem that there are parts of your occurance that you may not have shared with us - which makes it difficult to discern a direction moving forward or what really took and/or is taking place. Could you help fill in some of the blanks and provide some clarifications??

    I feel for your situation, hope you are on the mend, and that any potentially missed issues are addressed promptly and efficently,


    ps ... No income - no insurance should make you eligible for state aid Medicaid - Public Aid or what ever they call it in Co. Check into it so that providers won't be trigger shy ordering diagnostics ... Like MRI's that it sounds like would be of benefit.
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  • That was back in 06, this injury is from dec of 2011
  • Ok so in 06 was a seperate accident. I am refering to a fall on dec of 2011. Hit a jump and ended up landing on my back, was about an 8 foot drop. I have told the doctors this many times, told them the pain was different than it was before. And tes i have gone in there and told them exactly " i think about killing myself every single day because the pain is just too much to bear" and untill this past monday i went back told them my back is broken and finally got an xray. Also, had i gotten an xray months ago i would have still had insurance and could get the help i need. Now i am doing everything i possibly can to get help. telling them i cant take it anymore i want to die ALL OF THE TIME. Still cant get any help. Even though i have proof and know for a fact my back is broken, still cant get help
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    I am so sorry that you are in this position. Did they refer you to an ortho, neuro, pain managment, or maybe even psych to help deal with the chronic pain?? Keep on fighting on your behalf and demand more - better medical care .... insurance or not, they are under obligation to assist you even if it is only medication and referral to a specialist.

    Most hospitals have patient advocates and financial counselors that can help you get signed up for public assistance and make sure that your needs as a patient within their system and are being treated appropriately. It doesn't seem right but sometimes we have to fight for the care that we need. The old the squeeky wheel gets the oil thing. You are going to have to be you own best advocate. Be the squeeky wheel!!

    If you find yourself close to the edge ... don't be shy .... call a suicide hotline just to have someone to listen to and provide additional support. Many of us (including me) have been at that point due to chronic pain and a host of other issues and have used that service.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing ... as fellow spine patients we have a unique understanding of what you are going through.

    Stay tough and go to any length to maintain your sanity and work towards improved health.


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  • Thank you for the kind words and advice. =)
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