A few years ago my son had to go in for surgery after he broke his leg playing football. I hated to see it happen, but those are the risks that you take when you play a high contact sport like that. My son was in crutches for almost two months. Right after the surgery, he developed a serious infection on his leg. His swelling was super intense. We had to go back to the hospital to have it treated. The doctor treating the infection said that it might be possible that he developed this infection while receiving his first surgery with a different doctor.
I decided to reach out to the doctor and explain the situation. I wanted to see if we could talk about it, and maybe see if he would cover the expenses. I was met with a stonewall of silence from both the doctor and hospital. They refused to speak to me about the situation, and I was furious. First, the doctor put my son in danger, then wouldn’t address his own mistake.
I didn’t think suing the doctor would work, because it would be a lot of he-said-she-said, and the doctor knew more about what was going on. Plus I didn’t have any definitive proof. I wasn’t even looking to get a ton of money. I just wanted them to pay for the treatment of the resulting skin infection.
Thankfully, I hired a lawyer who was able to get me a settlement through the use of expert witness testimony. Lawyers who sue doctors over medical malpractice rely heavily on the testimony of expert witnesses. These are doctors or medical professionals that have been in the field for at least three years and know the ins and outs of my son’s situation. The expert witnesses were able to speak about the surgery my son received. They were also able to talk about the resulting infection.
I also learned throughout the process that the doctor refusing to speak to me is fairly typical. Medical malpractice lawsuits are on the rise in the United States. Because of this, most doctors at this point are trained to never admit when they’ve made a mistake. They may also take steps to try and cover up a mistake. This is because some mistakes can end up costing them hundreds of thousands in damages. I’m not saying that the doctor was right to ignore me. I just understand why he chose to do so more now. Hopefully, I’ll never be in that situation again.
I learned more about this process by doing a Google search recently and found this helpful information from the medical malpractice attorneys at Glover Law Firm.