Post Edited By Moderator (Ides) : 5/14/2009 8:40:57 PM (GMT-6)
I am so sorry this happened! Sounds nasty!!
I'm not a legal beagle, but here is what I would do. I would go to the hospital administrator's office tell them say I need immediate attention. Tell them what happened and what I want -- the hand taken care of NOW and at no charge for the procedure and aftercare (drugs, therapy, etc.). They will probably be paralyzed with fear of a lawsuit and want to contact their lawyers. Unfortunately this will take time and I would want it taken care of right away! I would say that I need immediate care or I will go elsewhere, get care, and then sue them. If they say no or wait -- I would walk out the door and call a lawyer. Then I would no delay to go to a differnet place to get it taken care of. My hand is more important. If the hospital says they will do what I want ASAP, it must be signed and in writing ASAP. I will not sign anything that says I waive the right to sue them later if it turns out there is permanent damage, they try to charge me money, etc.
Thanks Skibum. The real problem is that the Radiologist who I never saw stated that it was 1.3cm from the IV site. How could he possible know where the IV was?According to my wife the Risk member was being a jerk, my wife was calm and not yelling but just asking what they do about these things. He said that he needs to evaluate the case and talk to the person that put the IV in. How is the IV woman going to remember my name, she must do at least a dozen IV's a day. I think it is the Radiologist lying to protect the hospital, which is wrong.
My wife is going to consult an attorney and see what they recommend to do next. I don't want to do that but I believe they are leaving me no choice.
I have insurance and my deductable is paid so there is no out of pocket expense other than the time I would need off of work which is unknown at this point.
I get a kick out of what the risk member said. He said that the metal must have been in there from some other time and than this IV must of aggravated it. The thing is even if that was the only place I have had IV's was at that hospital. What nurse would put a IV in a bulging hard vein?
Sorry! I'm just really angry. You try to be nice and do the right thing and you get sh#t on. It's not right!!!!
Post Edited (Wolfie40) : 5/20/2009 5:20:40 AM (GMT-6)