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    Default Do I have a case? - Hematologist Thinks Family Practitioner's Vaccines Got Me Sick

    My question involves Medical Malpractice in the state of: North Carolina

    Do I have a case???

    On the same day that my doctor diagnosed me with Mononucleosis, he administered three vaccinations (dtap, hep b, and meningococcal). I have been told that administration of vaccinations to the moderately sick who have suffered from a fever because of their illness deviates from the accepted standards of medical care. After a week, I went to the ER because of spontaneous bruising and was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). I was admitted into the hospital for three days and still suffer from it today having to get my blood checked at the hospital bimonthly and having to take steroids to keep my platelet count up. An option for treatment that my hemotologist is considering is a Splenectomy. We have hospital bills that amount to $50,000+ and that's on top of the pain and suffering, missed work, future complications, possible loss of an organ, and stress placed on my family and me. I have the hospital discharge summary from my hemotologist suggesting twice t hat the ITP could have been caused or aggravated due to the three vaccinations given at the time that I was ill with a virus. Do I have a case? How much compensation am I looking at?

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    Compensation is difficult to determine in the best of cases.

    You need to go see a medical malpractice attorney in your area.

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    Default Re: Do I have a case? - Hematologist Thinks Family Practitioner's Vaccines Got Me Sic

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    My question involves Medical Malpractice in the state of: North Carolina

    Do I have a case???

    On the same day that my doctor diagnosed me with Mononucleosis, he administered three vaccinations (dtap, hep b, and meningococcal). I have been told that administration of vaccinations to the moderately sick who have suffered from a fever because of their illness deviates from the accepted standards of medical care. After a week, I went to the ER because of spontaneous bruising and was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). I was admitted into the hospital for three days and still suffer from it today having to get my blood checked at the hospital bimonthly and having to take steroids to keep my platelet count up. An option for treatment that my hemotologist is considering is a Splenectomy. We have hospital bills that amount to $50,000+ and that's on top of the pain and suffering, missed work, future complications, possible loss of an organ, and stress placed on my family and me. I have the hospital discharge summary from my hemotologist suggesting twice t hat the ITP could have been caused or aggravated due to the three vaccinations given at the time that I was ill with a virus. Do I have a case? How much compensation am I looking at?
    Were you at the office that day for illness or a school physical? I'm trying to undertand what the urgency was to give vaccines if OP presented at the office with an illness. Generally, a mild fever is not a valid reason to postpone vaccines.

    Was the Mono diagnosis made by the same Physician giving the vaccines?

    ITP is an autoimmune disease in which the patient has a low platelet count of no known origin (hence "Idiopathic"). One needs platelets for proper blood clotting. The immune system of a patient with ITP actually destroys platelets. Of course, if OP was diagnosed with mono, his/her platelet count could have already been compromised.

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    I went to the doctors office because of the mono. I wanted to get tested. I had discussed all of my symptoms with her including occasional spleen pain/discomfort. I got the mono spot test and had had a fever. Two days later, I returned and got the positive test results for mono. These were given to me by the nurse practitioner. The same nurse practitioner on the same day administered the vaccines because I'm entering college this fall and needed some up-to-date vaccinations and she wanted to get them done.

    And you're correct, a mild fever is generally not a valid reason to postpone vaccines, but a viral illness such as mononucleosis that my immune system was revved up for, trying to fight off is reason to my understanding. I wasn't due for the vaccines THAT day. They could have waited.

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    And it would be a very rare and odd occurrance for ITP to be caused simply by Mono. I just thought that it was a big no no to give vaccines to someone that is already immunocompromised due to a virus such as Mono for the simple fact that it revvs up an already "frustrated" immune system. Also, I began experiencing symptoms of the Mono around June 6th and didn't begin experiencing any spontaneous bruising. I was diagnosed with Mono and vaccinated around 2.5 weeks later and the bruises began appearing a day or two after the vaccines.

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    And it would be a very rare and odd occurrance for ITP to be caused simply by Mono.
    Ahh, grasshopper, that's where you would be wrong.
    Actually, ITP is usually triggered by a virus (Esptein Barr, measles, mono). The fact that you were immunocompromised from the virus, then received the antibodies for several other viruses may be why the Hematologist is thinking the vaccines, along with the diagnosis of mono, "caused or aggravated" the ITP. As I said earlier "Idiopathic" = "no known origin", as with any other autoimmune process.

    Do you have a history of any other illness, chronic or acute?
    Did the FP or NP palpate your spleen before obtaining blood for the monospot?
    Your first had symptoms on June 6. When did you finally see a Physician?

    I wasn't due for the vaccines THAT day. They could have waited.
    But it was more convenient for you to get them that day and not have to pay another co-pay for another visit, wasn't it? School starts very soon...if it hasn't already.

    Do I have a case? How much compensation am I looking at?
    You would have to speak with an attorney who will obtain your medical records and have them reviewed by an expert. It will be expensive, may take years, and not be the cash cow you think it will be.

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    Ok, I'm not looking for a "cash cow," and I am well aware of the meaning of my condition and the fact that "idiopathic" means of unknown origin. To prove indefinitely the exact and predominate cause for any medical condition is near impossible to do. My hemotologist did indicate that yes, although possible for ITP to form after a virus without any other "instigating factors" such as a vaccine, it is rare and not likely in my case.

    I first began to notice that I wasn't feeling well around June 6th. About a week later, on my graduation day, June 12th, I ran a 102 degree fever. I had no appetite and was extremely exausted. I went home and slept. I decided to wait and see if it would go away as all of the minor illnesses that I've had in the past did. About a week later, it was still lingering and had developed into a sinus infection. I had a terrible sore throat, post-nasal drip, headache, and congestion. My mom scheduled an appointment with the nurse practitioner at my family doctor's office for around June 21st.

    I told my nurse practitioner of my symptoms and she did feel all around my abdomen and then focused on my spleen feeling for an enlarged one. She said that she did not feel an enlarged spleen but that small amounts of pain/discomfort in that area with Mono is common. She then drew my blood and sent it to the lab. Then, that same day, she administered the dTap vaccine. I left the office.

    Two days later, when I returned for my results, she diagnosed me with Mono and said that it seems as though I have a bad case due to my throat (one of the worst sore throats she had seen). She then told me that she wanted to give me the meningococcal and hep b shots as well. I trusted that she knew whether it was okay to give these to sick people so I agreed. After the shots, I left the office.

    The inexplanable bruising began the next day and continued to get worse along with petechiae. After about a week since I recieved the vaccines, I went to the ER where my aunt works as a nurse and got checked out and that's when they admitted me and all that.

    In addition, I do not have any history of any chronic or acute illness whatsoever. Also, the attorney that I am planning to meet with charges nothing to speak with me. And if he feels like there's a case, he will charge a percentage of our compensation (we pay only if we win).

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    My hemotologist did indicate that yes, although possible for ITP to form after a virus without any other "instigating factors" such as a vaccine, it is rare and not likely in my case.
    Well, I certainly defer to the specialist.

    I told my nurse practitioner of my symptoms and she did feel all around my abdomen and then focused on my spleen feeling for an enlarged one. She said that she did not feel an enlarged spleen but that small amounts of pain/discomfort in that area with Mono is common. She then drew my blood and sent it to the lab. Then, that same day, she administered the dTap vaccine. I left the office.
    Thank you for the additional information. She should have waited at least until she received the results before giving any vaccines.

    Two days later, when I returned for my results, she diagnosed me with Mono and said that it seems as though I have a bad case due to my throat (one of the worst sore throats she had seen). She then told me that she wanted to give me the meningococcal and hep b shots as well. I trusted that she knew whether it was okay to give these to sick people so I agreed. After the shots, I left the office.
    Given the bolded information above, it was not appropriate to give you vaccines.

    Also remember all fees for experts to review your records and/or testify in court, and any other fees incurred will be deducted from the award. You will have to prove permanent damages, and even then, it's not a slam-dunk. "What if's" don't count. Good luck to you.

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    Thank you. And yes, if we decide to proceed with a suit, ther will be a lot to consider. If they do end up needing to remove my spleen, we will certainly be filing a suit because loss of an organ due to malpractice is more on the dire end of medical malpractice damages (not nearly as dire as death or paralysis) but still. I will keep you posted after we speak with the lawyer. Thanks again

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