Past 2 yrs, ive been diagnosed with chronic / active Hep B, liver disease. and MANY complications from both. Constant ER visits for abdomen pain, gal stones, faint, confused,UTI's, etc etc etc. Last nite 4:am, went to ER here in Rock Hill SC. Was seen twice in October, ct scan showed enlarged spleen, my liver enzymes elevated. Blood in Urine. given antibiotic and told to return asap if didnt improve. Last nite, the Dr. was a young guy, VERY RUDE and demeaning. had nurse give me 2 vicodin. After taking them, my roomate told me it has Tylenol in it. Record shows I cant take that, and bracelet says the same but was given it. Nurse came to discharge, had papers giving me antibiotics and vicodin. I asked dr why giving me something with Tylenol. he SCREAMED at me saying, "WHY DID YOU TAKE IT"?
I informed Dr. Im not a pharmacist, and didnt know until roomate told me, vicodin has tylenol. I asked if my blood work showed any elevations for liver enzymes which they always conduct. He stated, "you arent here for your liver, you are hear because of lower pain, and abdomen pain. UTI. nothing to do with your liver"!! He walked out of room. and gave nothing more for pain. He took away the prescript for vicodin and offered no sub. discharge papers say prescript for antibiotics and vicodin. AND state at bottom, "DO NOT take if you have liver disease". Im still hurting, threw up several times, blood still in urine. Not sure what else to do. Called ER to complain. they said I could come back but they cant give info over phone or order a prescript for pain unless I come back in. I told them I didnt want to come back, have another ER Bill for something that should have been done this morning. Head Nurse on phone stated, "I cant give you a free visit". I hung up!
In medical malpractice you need to have damages which it sounds like you may. I'd suggest you contact a medical malpractice firm in you area or in SC.
Some choices ElrodPope, McWhirter Bellinger on Columbia and McGowan Hood. The consultation should be free. Good luck
Personal Injury Lawyer
I agree. Your case has a need for a more conversational setting than a forum can provide. Contact a local personal injury/medical malpractice attorney for a free evaluation.
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Medical Malpractice Attorney
You wouldn't have a claim unless the medication caused you a very serious injury over and above your prior medical problems. No injury = no damages. Nothing a court could do for you.
The worst thing in your case is the poor bedside manner. It generates lots of calls to lawyers. But poor bedside manner doesn't cause injuries to a patient.
Medical Malpractice Attorney
I agree with the other attorneys who have responded. However, you can report the incident to either the State Board of Registration for physicians or to the State Hospital Association. This report may or may not trigger a seperate administrative investigation. Good luck jb