I am in Arkansas.
A doctor punctured my lung while administering trigger point
injections. I felt sick and had to lay down. It was a slow leak,
so it was evening before I had a lot of chest pain. I had many
injections so at first I just thought the area was in trauma. The
next day I began to cough and experience shortness of breath.
I called the doctor's office, but it was a weekend, so he associate
called me back. The associate said the doctor could have punctured
my lung but that it was very rare. He said anxiety could cause my
symptoms and that "I did not sound THAT out of breath". A day and
a half later I ended up in the emergency room, diagnosed with a
40% collapsed lung. A surgeon inserted a tube through my chest
wall to reinflate the lung. I was sent home several days later, was
told to stay off work at least a week, which I did. I worked partial
days for the next couple of weeks after that. My family doctor has
put me on breathing treatments and inhalers. He says it will take
months to fully recover. The doctor who punctured my lung never
warned me of this (or any other) risk. Is this medical malpractice?