As an inpatient at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a latissamus flap breast cancer reconstruction surgery, i asked the nurse if she could reheat my coffee from breakfast. When I drank the coffee
I immediately received a third degree burn in my mouth and throat. Another nurse was horrified when she looked in my mouth with a pen light and saw thw severity of the burn. She got the doctor's approval for intravenous pain mefication for the pain. I was back in the ER the day after I was discharged in extreme pain unable to eat or drink so I couldn't take my pain meds or antibiotics.Thw ER dos said I had a bad sore throat and did nothing to treat me. I escalated to the hospital administration,but they did nothing.
I was unable to sue in court via an attorney because of no permanent damage and the hospital offered no good will settlement offer.
Can i sue the hospital in small claims court for my extreme pain an suffering that made my recovery from my surgery more painful and stressful?
I don't think this is anything but a medical malpractice case, and therefore, you'd need a doctor to sign an affidavit before you could file.
There may be a lawyer who would be creative and file a complaint under ordinary negligence, but I'd expect the hospital would file a motion to dismiss.
Without a serious injury, I don't see it being worth pursuing.
Keep talking to lawyers. Some may see this as a quick potential settlement.
Small claims court??
If it is so slight an injury it is not worth your effort trouble or money. You will need to pay a doctor to testify
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