My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Colorado
I recently had a rollover accident where no one else was involved. I'm a large man, close to 400 lbs where my seat broke and my chest was repeatedly slammed into the steering wheel of the Jeep resulting in collapsed lungs and nine broken ribs.
While in the first hospital for initial treatment I was given blood thinners to keep me from clotting. On release I was taken off of the blood thinners and sent home with pain medications. I also had instructions not to change altitude due to the lung injuries and that if I were to develop a fever, I should go to the hospital right away.
Three days later I develop a fever and go to a hospital closer to where I was staying. They immediately put me on blood thinners while in the hospital and helped me deal with pneumonia that had developed due to my lung injuries.
During my hospital stay, I did some research (I could use a laptop) and found that clotting is very real threat for a person with my weight and the trauma that I had sustained. Yet, again after leaving this hospital, I was released with not blood thinners, even though I was on them the entire time I was admitted.
Two days later I develop a fever and I go back to the hospital. They check my xrays and find that there are no changes and that I should stay for observation. At that time, I had already made arrangements months prior to see my primary doctor at the VA. These appointments can take months to get and I didn't want to miss it, so I signed out of the hospital against their wishes.
That night I developed excruciating pain in my leg where a blood clot had developed from my groin to my foot. A piece broke off and went through my heart and landed in the main artery to my lungs. It was so big that it was found at the VA with NO special die's while taking a cat scan.
Ever doctor I talked to said the blood clot could have been avoided if I were on blood thinners when at home as well as while in the hospitals. So now I have deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism.
Given that hospital one and two did not send me home on blood thinners. Can I bring charges against them and if so, what would I have to do, to proceed. This seems straight forward, yet, if I know the law, it's probably not.
With all that said, does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations about this crazy situation I'm in? Thanks in advance for the help!