This happens all the time. You should consult with a medical malpractice attorney in your area. They will carefully evaluated the case and have the records reviewed by an expert. A skilled attorney and competent doctor will be able to establish causation even if the doctor tries to hide it, assuming its there.
This is general advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
You can't worry about what the doctor did and did not put in his records. You do not have control over that. If you believe this doctor is responsible and that the damage is significant contact a local medical malpractice attorney.
The confusing issue here is how it is that you thought that if doctor # 1 was negligent, that you then thought doctor # 1 would refer you to a doctor # 2 that would point back at negligence by #1. It doesn't work that way. Picking the right credible, independent, experienced medical expert is a basic in malpractice and is only one of many challenges that require retaining an experienced medical malpractice attorney if you are in fact serious about the case. Here's more on experts: [BLUE-LINK-BELOW]
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Don't worry about what is in the records. Have a local malpractice lawyer order his medical records to get reviewed by an expert to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
As you are in the Seattle area I recommend scheduling an appointment with Moen & Greenstreet, a law firm concentrating in medical malpractice. The majority of doctors out there try to avoid saying or doing things that might make them a witness in legal proceedings - just a fact of life. I don't think a complaint to health care quality assurance or anything else will force this doctor to give a causation opinion. Moen and Greenstreet have (as I understand it) an MD on staff as well as several paralegals with medical background. Given what you have said here it is possible, but not probable, that you may also have a causation argument under a legal doctrine known as "res ipsa loquitor" (meaning, the thing speaks for itself). Good luck to you, and to your son -and congratulations for understanding the importance of having a causation opinion.
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