After surgery my doctor prescribed Cefuroxime. My medical chart lists that I am allergic to all types of penicillin yet my doctor insisted to the pharmacist and to my husband to take it with allergy pills. So I did while I was on pain meds which make me feel loopy plus it even states not to make any important decision while using the pain meds. I trusted my doctor and pharmacist but I had a very bad allergic reaction. I took a picture, my lips and face swelled up; my throat was closing and I had to use my daughter's epi pen along with allergy meds. I was sick for two days. Can I file a complaint? What are my options?
Likely the costs of a malpractice suit would far exceed the costs due to the nature of the injury, but speak to a local malpractice lawyer who can parrot me. Avvo has a great lawyer finder tool to locate an attorney close to your home. Good luck.
I do not doubt you went through a very difficult time as a result of the apparently bad advice of your doctor. That the suffering lasted only a couple days, though, and left no permanent impairment or disability makes the total value of your claim quite minimal. The cost of an expert witness to testify that the doctor messed up (fell below the local standard of care) and the compilation of all the rest of the evidence necessary to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit, could easily exceed $10,000. That is much more than the short-term suffering that resulted could be worth in front of a jury or arbitrator.
I am sorry, but there is no easy way for you to obtain monetary compensation through a lawsuit in this case. If you contact the patient advocate or consumer ombudsman of the hospital where the doctor is employed or performed the surgery, you may be able to obtain some satisfaction in the form of forgiven bills, extra follow-up services, and a personal apology from the doctor.
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