It is unclear from your inquiry what setting this happened in, i.e., were you in the hospital for a scheduled surgery, was this an emergency setting following trauma, etc. This information is important in assessing the situation. You should request and get a copy of your medical records related to the procedure for which you were administered anesthesia and then contact a medical negligence attorney in your area for a consultation.
I recommend you contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area for a consultation. Typically such a consultation will be free. It will be helpful to the attorney you consult with if you have your medical records and any other documents from your stay.
When you are injured in a car accident due to the other driver's negligence, you are entitled under North Carolina law to seek damages for your injuries and losses which are caused by the collision, including medical bills, lost wages or pay from being out of work, pain and suffering, as well as damages for any permanent injury or scarring. I would recommend that you seek the advice of a local personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Most attorneys will do an initial consultation for free.
For injuries that occur on the job, you should seek out the assistance of a workers compensation attorney. I would recommend that you do that right away. AVVO has a listing of excellent workers compensation attorneys in your area.
You should first seek out the care you need to get better. You should also seek the advice of a personal injury attorney in your area. Most will do a free consultation where they will answer your questions and determine what they may be able to do to help you.
I would encourage you to seek a consultation with a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible. Most experienced personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation and you can, at a minimum, get your questions answered and probably get the assistance you need to work through what can be a very complicated process.
It may be that your friend's PCP wants a Pain Management doctor to assess your friend first and then let the pain management specialist determine the need for a neurologist. Having represented a number of folks with this disabling condition over the years, my experience is that a good Pain Management doctor teamed up with a neurologist can be a good thing. CRPS is also tricky and complex - the Pain Management doctor will probably be in a much better position to diagnose CRPS than the ER doc...
I'm sorry to hear this has happened to you. You really need to sit down with an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate and talk with you about your options. If there are no other sources to recover from beyond what you mention above, I would expect with your injuries, harms and losses you should max the available coverage. The process of dealing with liens and medical bill balances can be complicated to say the least. I would recommend that you use the Find a Lawyer feature...
It depends on the case. Oftentimes the plaintiff's deposition is more lengthy because the defense lawyer has the facts of the event to cover as well as information relating to previous health, services to the household, income, work history, and other damages information. I wouldn't second guess your lawyer based on the length of the doctor's deposition - they may well have had a very good reason for how they approached it.