I checked into the ER on Tuesday with a chief complaint of right leg numbness and a secondary complaint of LLQ pain. The PA I saw ordered an abdominal CT and when the test results came back, she sent me on my way without even looking at my leg. She said it was either from the diabetes or sciatica and I just needed to stretch. Come Friday the pain had gotten worse and the paresthesia was still spreading. My PCP's office sent me to urgent care and urgent care referred me back to the ER. I end up seeing another PA and once again "it's probably just sciatica" came up but I insisted on having the MR the urgent care doctor recommended. I was in so much pain that I almost can't do the MR, because my leg kept moving, but I powered through just enough. After, the PA told me I was being discharged and that I should follow-up with a surgeon on Monday. However, as I was having my vitals checked so I could leave, the PA comes back to tell me that I'm being admitted because they saw something in neurology and they want to run some tests in the morning. Next thing I know I scheduled for emergency back surgery the next morning. Do I have a malpractice case, or am I wasting my time?
It is important to recognize for a malpractice case that you will need another physician in the same field/expertise to prove what the physician did wrong. Here you had a medical history that supports the potential need of future surgery in particular the sciatica. Back problems with sciatica can become significantly worse with minimal physical aggravation. To further evaluate a case all of your medical records would need to be evaluated and there is not much information here to indicate the entirety of your medical problems. With the information given I do not see a malpractice case. Hope you feel better soon.
This could well be medical malpractice (which is medical negligence) but without knowing the actual damages it is hard to tell. Get local malpractice counsel involved to arrange for an expert review of the medical records and imaging studies to determine if the standard if care was violated and caused injuries sufficient enough to warrant the great expense of a malpractice action.
You should certainly at least speak with a good local attorney who does Med Mal. Good Luck.
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