My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Florida
My husband broke his back in 4 places 9 years ago. He has been on pain killers since then. He doesn't abuse them, but because he has been on them for so long, he is obviously addicted. He has decided he wants to come off of them and try other alternative methods. He tried to do it on his won, but the side effects of that are too severe.
Last week he had an appointment to see an addiction specialist at the VA. The doctor informed him that there are a few methods in which he could use, but he recommended a "Rapid Detox". He explained this to my husband, myself, and my Mother in law and said that he would be put under anesthesia and given medication to flush his system. My husband has seizure disorder and he said this would be the best way to detox because doing it any other way could be dangerous. He advised us all that he would stay about 3 days for observation and could then go home with no medication. He said that he would be in a regular hospital room, would be able to keep himself busy by watching football, nascar, whatever he needed to do to keep his mind off of it. He told him to bring some comfortable clothes to wear, some money for vending machines, maybe a book to read.
I took my husband yesterday to drop him off. I was told by the doctor that for the first 24 hours I would not be able to stay with him. So I left and went home. About 5 hours later I get a frantic call from my husband telling me he had walked 9 miles and I needed to come and get him immediately. When I arrived, his shirt was ripped, his face scratched and he was as pale as a ghost.
When they took him back, they took him into the Psychiatric ward, man handled him, stripped his clothes off of him, tried to do a Cavity Search, took all of his belongings, tried to dope him up on Psychiatric drugs, give him paper clothes to wear (they said this was due to him being suicidal?) He advised them they had him confused with someone else, but they didn't. The orderly told him that there version of Rapid Detox is he would be locked in a room anywhere from 7-16 days and he would be given Psychiatric drugs and he would have to sweat it out. The room had no Tv, no phone, nothing. My husband explained to him what his doctor had described and the orderly told him, "Yeah, that is what Dr. Sampson tells people to get them in here". Also, he asked for many hours to speak with HIS doctor and they refused to call him. When he would not cooperate and insisted on being released they man handled him (3 orderlies) and took him to the floor. The orderly then was going to give him a shot to render him unconscious. My husband told them that if they give him that shot he would sue. He asked if he could at least call his wife to let me know that he wouldn't be coming home and that I would not be able to visit, they told him no. He wouldn't not see daylight nor a phone for at least 7 days. (He was trying to let me know what was happening) So, after many hours of fighting with them, they called an administrator up to speak with my husband. My husband told the administrator what had happened and he said he didn't believe my husband... but myself and my Mother in law heard every word Dr. Sampson said... my husband was not lying! The administrator finally agreed to release my husband, but told him he will now lose all of his VA benefits?
Is there anything we can do? Didn't they falsely imprison my husband? How many other people are stuck in that place that does not need to be there? Isn't it unethical of this Doctor to be lying to his patients like this? Could we file a suit for assault? Or can we even do anything since the VA is considered the Government?