Post Op surgery in recovery i became hypoxic and underlying sleep apnea problems w/ general anesthesia . I was sent to a room w/ orders to control sleep apnea /hypoxia/O2 saturation level w/ CPAP & pulse oximeter . Later on the nurse started the Morphine PCA pump and pain meds. for breakthrough pain. On post op day 3, ihad altered mental status & became lethargic which made me pull out all my IV lines and fell out of bed into floor & soiling myself in the process & it woke my wife up too.I had blood/diareah everywhere.The nurse made me lay in the floor for 20 min. while he cleaned my bed & then made me crawl & get back in bed by myself w/ cast on leg & would not even let wife help me. 1 hr. later i coded w/ resp./renal & heart failure / septic shock/ etc. put on ventilator & ICU 2 wks.
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You can sue the hospital and responsible staff. The question becomes the relationship between damages and the negligent act. An expert would have to testify that the conduct fellow below the acceptable standard of care and an expert would be required to testify as to what harm was caused by the negligent conduct. I am assuming the statute of limitations has not run as of yet. If there is still time to bring the action, then all of the records need to be reviewed to figure out all of the negligent parties and then experts in those particular fields would need to be consulted to support that position and help in determining related damages and what other experts would be needed. A lawayers decision to get involved will be based on the statute of limitations issue as well as the extent of the permanent damages and ability to prove negligence.I hope this helps
Contact a local medical malpractice attorney. Most will be happy to consult with you.
This is a complicated set of facts. To get a valid opinion you need to have a qualified medical malpractice attorney review your medical records and consult with the required experts.
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An attorney really can't tell you whether or not you have a valid medical malpractice claim. To file any medical malpractice claim in North Carolina, it has to first be certified by a practicing physician that there was a breach of the standard of care. You should consult with an experienced medical malpractice firm who can then point you in the direction of a doctor that might be able to review the file. Feel free to call if you'd like me to give you the contact information for of a few of the more reputable firms. Good luck, and sorry to hear about this.
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