I suffer from leg edema. The cause isn't really known. I've been working to fix it for the last few years. Anyway, one of the first major things that I tried was a vein removal procedure. This doctor told me that there was definitely some back flow and I would likely benefit from the procedure. Since it's causing me great pain and only allowing me to work part time, I decided to go ahead with the procedure. Doing the procedure, there came a point, behind my right knee, that the pain was excruciating. I lifted my body up and cried out in pain. At this point the doctor stopped the procedure and asked me if it hurt. I said "It's only the worst pain I've ever felt." He asked if I could handle the pain again. I asked for how long and he said for 5 seconds. I replied that I would try. It was the worst 5 seconds of my life. I think what happened was the saline solution they injected wasn't enough in that area to absorb the heat. Anyway, it left me with lasting nerve damage. I can't fell touch on the right and back sides of my foot and lower leg. I can feel pressure. They told me it could take a year to heal and it still hasn't after a year. Is there any legal recourse for me?
I would be concerned that the time period to start a claim has run if you are more than one year from the procedure and experienced severe pain and nerve damage (assuming you became aware of nerve damage shortly after procedure). You should get your medical records together on a disc if possible and consult a medical malpractice attorney immediately so that if the time hasn't already run, it doesn't now.
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