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    Question Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    My question involves malpractice in the state of: Connecticut. After a motorcycle accident I whemy to see my dr. They had to squeeze me in that day and my DR was not to happy. We have had many talked about how she needs to see a certain amount of patients and only allowed 15 min per. I didnít even have time to tell her what was wrong. She rushed me out with a dr note to stay out of work that day. 2 days later I return my leg is week my shoulder and arm hurt and pain in neck my jaw the entire side of my face. She told me itís just the concussion. I a skilled trade for work. Heavy lifting And verry physical. Told her I can not go to work I think something is really wrong. Tingling in my fingers I keep dropping things. I was sent back to work the next day. Worked with horrible pain for two days. Till I went to ER and a tech evaluated Me and said 100% it is not a ruptured disk and like my dr advised me. I need to stay active because itís only muscle. Long story short I was profiled i was not given the correct treatment plan and ended up having neck surgery. That only made everything worse now. I donít was able to get my medical records after 2 months of fighting for them. And she had lied in reports and left out any detail of me complaining about my symptoms and labeled me as drug seeking behavior. Iím 38 in the peek of my Career making close to 100 grand a year. Now itís over. Iíll never be able to perform at the skill I spent 20 years learning. I know this is Missing a lot of details. I didnít wanna make a huge post. Please any help would be great. And I know with the right treatment plan my herniated disk could of healed rest and PT. So I do not wanna sue the person that hit me. And blame them for what my doctor could of prevented and fixed.

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    You need to speak to a lawyer. Preferably a (or a firm that has both) medical malpractice and personal injury specialist.

    You really aren't in a position at this point to make the decision which party needs to be liable.

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    Everybody needs to take responsibility for themselves at some point. If you felt incapable of performing your job, you needed to make the call to stay home. Only you knew how you truly felt and whether you were capable of performing your work.

    You also make a huge and unconnected leap from the first doctor referring to a concussion and then the er tech speaking of a ruptured disc and (although your writing is quite confusing) suggesting this, rather than a concussion, is what your original doctor diagnosed you with.

    Then, suddenly speaking of being profiled with no reference to what you are talking about. Do you believe you are being profiled based on being a blue collar worker? A racial issue? A gender issue? Tattoos? What issue was caused by the suspected profiling?

    To the doctors reference to you having drug seeker attributes: have you used any prescription pain meds (other than for this most recent incident) in the last 5 years? Last year? Last 6 months? Did you “run out” of the meds your doctor prescribed before you should Have?

    A doctor noting it appears you are a drug seeker is based in opinion. A doctor is entitled to that opinion and noting it in your records is appropriate.

    Then, on top of the original issue, you had surgery. It will take a properly trained person to determine if your permanent issues are due to improper initial treatment, negligence involving the surgery, or simply a possibility the issues were a result of the initial injury and not due to anything the doctors did for you. There are so many possibilities it would do no good to guess.


    Anyway, you have a very complex issue and it is not possible to even guess as to whether you may have a valid medical malpractice action against any or all of the medical professionals you were examined or treated by. You need to take whatever records you have and contact some lawyers who handle med mal cases. They will have the records examined by a medical pro who reviews such records to aid in determining if you have a viable action. If they refuse to take your case on contingency, it suggests they believe either you don’t have a good case or it isn’t financially rewarding enough to risk their money on.

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    After my accident I was taken to hospital and released with no injuries. Two days later I went to my PC because I was in pain and having issues that made me believe I had a herniated disk in my neck. I never asked for pain meds I never had a drug problem. My PC told me itís from the concussion and also muscle pain. Told her I can not return to work in this condition because I have a physical job. She did not agree with me and returned me to work the next day. While at work everything got worse the pain the numbness in arms and leg. I then went back to P.C. to tell her again something is wrong. Again she said itís just muscle. So I went to the ER where they did a MRI of my pelvis because of my leg being week. They said I donít have any issues with my neck or my pelvis. Was released with just muscle pain. So back to work. The day after the ER called they made a mistake reading the mri and I have a fractured sacrum causing my numbness and weakness in my legs. And maybe I should get a MRI of my neck. I tell my P.C. she finally agreed and MRI of my neck showed two herniated disks. Time of accident till MRI of neck was over two months. And for two months they told me to stay active keep my muscles from getting stiff. My neck surgery of only one disk. Has not improved anything. Just constant pain now. And they didnít replace the disk that was causing most my issues. As of now itís been 4 months and never brought up the fractured sacrum. Just said it will heal on its own. Itís been 4 months and itís not healed stil have problems that are caused my a fractured sacrum.

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    Greg, no one here is a doctor; nor yet is anyone here a med-mal attorney. Your situation is not one that can be resolved on a message board. You will need to take your medical records to a medical malpractice attorney in your state for review. It is not possible to determine whether or not you have legal recourse without that.

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    And I did keep my self out of work for over a week I had to use my vacation time. When that time was up I went back to my PC and once again explained what’s going on. And I can’t just not go to work with out a DR note.

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    Okay, let's try it this way.

    EXACTLY what is it that you expect this message board to tell you?

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    As cbg is suggesting, there really isn’t much anybody here can do for you. I will say that based on your more detailed explanation I’m not seeing a great possibility of any medical provider being on the losing end of a medical malpractice suit though. The er apparently, based upon your statements and triage didn’t see cause to investigate any further than they did. Your PC, relying on that initial exam as well as any exam s/he performed didn’t see any reason to investigate further, initially.


    The biggest problem I see against you is even if any of the doctors should have investigated further, unless the delay exacerbated the injuries, their lack of performance didn’t cause you injury and as such, would not create liability for them. I’m not seeing where it appears the delay caused any permanent damage.

    If there is no displacement of bones regarding your fractured sacrum, rest appears to be the recommended treatment (I’m not a doctor but based on a Google search). Most bone fractures, are treated by realigning the broken bones and simply allowing the body to take over and mend the bone from there. Being blessed and having only one broken bone in my life (small toe) I can’t speak with much personal knowledge of the levels of pain and time to heal. Others I known have told me some breaks can have lingering pain, sometimes for extremely long periods of time. Given your break is of the sacrum which is exposed to a lot of force that really cannot be avoided, I would suspect you will have pain for a long long time.



    If the other party involved in your accident was at fault, I suspect that will be your best chance of compensation for your injuries.

    I would suggest still contacting some med mal attorneys to review your case but I wouldn’t necessarily expect them to jump at the chance to represent you...but again, maybe they will. As I said before, it isn’t possible to make any sort of dependable determination via an Internet forum.

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    I’m looking for advice. Could my injury’s and surgery been prevented if I would have had a different primary care dr. My personal injury lawyer is 100% focused on the kid that caused the accident. And I don’t believe my current situation is completely his fault. The kid was not speeding or texting it was an honest accident, bad judgment on his part. But I cant blame someone and sue them for more than they have. I know it will have a huge impact on him and his family financially. Just feels wrong. Or maybe the accident did cause my injury’s. Nothing would of changed the outcome and surgery was always the answer. Morals I guess. I can’t go after someone knowing there not 100% to blame. I’m in a tough spot. Looking for guidance I guess

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    Default Re: Patient Profilings Caused Me My Career After Pointless Surgery

    We have no way of knowing if your injuries or surgery could have been prevented. This is a legal board, not a medical board.

    The advice and guidance we have to give you, is to have a medical malpractice attorney (NOT a personal injury attorney) review your medical records. They will be able to answer your question. We cannot.

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