My question involves malpractice in the state of: FL
I was hospitalized in September 2019. I am grateful for the care I received for the most part as I am alive. However, I have some issues that have me considering medical malpractice. I was in a teaching hospital. Not a problem since everyone needs to learn. None of the doctors on my case (gynecological) ever spoke with me regarding any part of the case other than to tell me I tested positive for HPV via the pap smear, and that I would need to return yearly for retesting. There were several biopsies performed which showed no malignant growth, simply bacteria. A D&C was performed while I was put under for laparoscopic procedure. I believe another procedure was also performed during that time. I signed the blanket consent papers for the laparoscopic procedure as well as a consent for a central line (IV in the jugular).
I was told that there was no cancer by the doctor who did the biopsies. I was told about the D&C in passing by one of the medical students. The actual doctors spent less than 5 minutes daily with me and never gave me or my husband information. There were times when I was on pain medication which made me feel intoxicated, so they may have spoken to me at that time. I did sign paperwork allowing them to speak with my husband and share information with him.
I am waiting on my records to be sent to me. I don't know if the doctors (multiple) failure to speak to me about procedures is legal. Is this part of malpractice? Like I said, I am grateful to be alive and well, but I am suffering other issues related to the treatments I believe they did. I am kind of angry that I was not informed as a part of my body was removed and none of them saw fit to tell me. This is causing strain in my marriage as well.
I have never been a sue-happy person, but I feel right now that I was wronged just so the medical students could practice on me. Bedside manner was pretty crappy and the things that went on during the late night hours was reported to both my insurer and the hospital itself.
What steps do I need to follow once I get the copies of my records?
Thank you. I apologize for my rambline.