My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Indiana
I got very ill some months ago. Had high fever over 100 for several days. Over the counter meds would not help me at all. Was taking an antibiotic that my physical had prescribed during that time and that also had no effect of me. I've had 99% sign that I've had H1N1, Cough with bloody mucous, super high fevers, chills and sudden diarheea. I passed out at home at one point. Hubby calls 911. They don't respond right away. He dresses me up and takes me to near by ER.
in ER they take my vital signs, run x-ray, tests. I tell a nurse : I have cough with blood - she replies "you are coughing blood because your throat go irritated from coughing" - nobody ever examined my throat. They said in ER I have just a case of bad flu, take fluids, continue to take what you are taking, go home you are fine! They sent me home when H1N1 was all over the place and at that poiint I've had high fever for up to if not more than 5 days and fever was growing and I was getting weaker.
Next day, not sleeping at night and coughing up more blood, aches in body, loose stools, 103 fever, my hubby again takes me to ER. New doctor on duty does an x-ray says "oh you have Pneumonia" less than 8 hours earlier I did not have Pneumonia and now I do! They do their non accurate swab test - it comes back negative for the swine flu. They said in ER "Pneumonia, take plenty of fluids, go home". Relesed with temperate of 102.8
Arrive home I am in vegetative state. Unable to care for myself nor others. Can barely sit due to horrible aches in body and super high fever that won't go down. Next day my husband takes me to hospital #2 ER. There while in ER was told by onduty doctor "You are going into ICU"
The result : SEVERE ARDS (Acute Raspiratory Distress Syndrome) when your lungs collapse and not working + H1N1. Doctors were fighting for my life around the clock. I spent 2 weeks on RotoProne bed (could not tolerate laying on my back) spent 54 days in ICU! While in Roto-Prone bed suffered severe facial Edema (eyes poped out of my eye orbits), horrible tongue swelling required teeth guard installed.
Swelling eventually was gone, woke up from medically induced coma 2 months later. Unable to walk, unable to see. Everything was blurry and double in vision. Required physical theraphy to learn how to walk again! After hospital's release saw several eye specialists. Both suggested Cornea transplant (which has a chance to cause blindness for life) or wear contact lenses for life. Suffered 60% vision loss due to scratched corneas.
When woke up from coma, had swallen knee. Did MRI after hospital's released (paid for it with my own money) result : Severely thorn ligament. Had to take another 2 months of physical theraphy to get mobility in my knee. Who in the world gets thorn ligament while in coma???? But my main case is that hospital #1 dispite me going to ER twice in a row failed to do more accurate tests to detect H1N1 and diagnose me on time. Result : Prolonged medically induced coma, Roto-Prone bed, 2+ months in hospital, nearly 2 months spent in ICU alone.
While in coma, was injected with lots of antibiotics, meds and my heart took a plunge. Now I have a heart condition and have to see cardiologists every 3 months to monitor the heart.
The doctor who was seeing me in ICU and past ICU said my ARDS was more sever than having a heart attack nor cancer. He also said that some doctors had given up on me and nobody thought I'd pull through that.
My family has gone through horrible stress especially since I was a stay-at-home mom and took care of my little son.
What do you guys think? Do I have a case?