My question involves malpractice by a lawyer in the state of: New Mexico
About a month ago I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle. As a result of the accident, my tibia and fibia were fractured and required open reduction internal fixation. Needless to say, this was a very painful experience. To make matters worse, I was on soboxone when this happen, approximately 2 mg per day. This is because I have had an issue with pain meds (no legal problems). This is something I did on my own, with my doctor. So I have no history of having a problem with narcotics.
Anyway.. On with the point of this post. When I finally came to, about 4 hours after the accident, I told the nurses and doctors that I was on soboxone at 2 mg/day. I also told them my doctor's name. As most care providers are aware, soboxone will block narcotics. A lot of narcotics have to be administered in order to knock the soboxone off receptors. The doctors and the nurses treated me like scum. I had to scream for meds in the ER and through that first day and night. The next morning after the accident, was surgery. A this time, I was given a large dose of fentanyl (sp?). Fentanyl was strong enough to replace the soboxone. And, it had been long enough so that the soboxone had reached its half life, which can be up to 37 hrs. It can last a very long time.
My point is that I was in agony for the 1st 20 hrs in the hospital. When I asked for something to help with the pain, I got attitude and excuses such as, "we'll have to call the doc". What the hell?. My leg is hanging on by muscle tissue, and these people think I am faking it so that I can get a fix. For real! This is no joke.
After the surgery, I was put on a dilaudid drip (.1 mg/10 minutes) with 1 mg/ 2 hours injection. This was not enough. And at nights, I had to beg for the injections (more attitude). By the 3rd day, they started giving me oxycodone pills, in addition to everything else. This finally got the pain under control. On day 4, I got the hell out of there. But get this, I am on .1mg/10 min dilaudid drip, 1 mg/2 hr injection of dilaudid, and 20 mg of oxycodone every 4 hrs, and the doc gives me a prescription of oxycodone at 10 mg/4 hrs to go home on. Needless to say by the 2nd day out of the hospital I was in so much pain I couldn't function. Luckily for me, I have a good PCP whom saw me immediately. She prescribed 4 mg dilaudid every 4 hrs. this solved,the problem.
The pain, for the most part is gone now, and i no longer require pain meds. But for the time that I did, the doctors and other care providers at this particular hospital treated me like scum because I told them I was on soboxone. they would not believe that I was in a lot of pain and they would not call my PCP for any advise (not that they have to do this, but my doc knows my history). I am so angry at the way I was treated. Do I have any recourse? And get this, I am a paying customer. Can you imagine how people get treated that don't have any payment options.
O.. I forgot to mention the resident who had to verify the level of my pain by coming in my room in the middle of the night one evening, while i was asleep, to twist my toes to see how much it would really hurt. As I almost flew off the bed due to the pain it caused, he told me that this was common practice. WTF!! I could hardley believe what i was hearing. I want to sue these bastards. I was treated like a slab of meat and a junky, and i did not appreciate it at all. They fixed my leg, but that's all they did. I am a professional that had a problem in the past with pain meds. A problem which I dealt with on my own. I did not need to be treated like that.