You posted that you were 100% pain free post op for 6 weeks and then suddenly we’re unable to get up from lying on the couch.
It is reasonable to suspect that you may have moved in some manner with altered body mechanics or somehow force/tension was placed on the lumbar fusion site/graft/hardware that has lead to your current symptoms and distress.
Cease and dissest lying on a sofa or couch. The uneven surface of a living room sofa or couch (ex. with 2-3 sectional seating pads) is not condusive for providing support of the vertebral column. The vertebral column will undulate with the rise and fall with the sofa’s uneven topography. Hiking/flexing one leg up on the top of the sofa, as you mentioned, adds insult to a post-operative, healing lumbar spine and neighboring sacro-iliac joint. Unknowingly, lying on the sofa as routinely as you have may have contributed, at least in part, to your presenting lumbar quandary.
The bar for plaintiffs seeking renumeration for medical malpractice is extremely high. There must be proof of egregious physician negligence. Negligence in legal parlance is highly specific. There must also be proof of significant bodily harm and substantial future impact to financial solvency-employment capability. Most states cap civil awards/judgments to plaintiffs at less than $500,000. Filing a claim against a physician for malpractice is not for the faint of heart nor for anyone without significant financial resources for retaining legal representation. Every aspect of your life becomes an
open book that can and will be used by the defense.
People can be quick to say, “Go sue that doctor!” It is a much more difficult and lengthy/time consuming process to prove medical negligence in a court of law then the majority of people realize. Physicians protect other physicians. Getting an outside, independent expert to provide opinion to bolster a plantiff’s case is like finding a needle in a hay stack.
I know that what I am posting is not encouraging if you are contemplating a legal filing. But the current tort system does is not plaintiff friendly. Do your homework before considering a legal filing.
Your more important focus - at present - is to ascertain what is amiss and formulate a plan to regain your health.
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Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 9/21/2018 9:37:37 PM (GMT-6)