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Mom went to hospital with difficulty moving legs, was berated by doctor

Hello everyone, my mom was taken to a hospital by ambulance a few mornings ago when she couldn't move her legs and get out of bed. This stems from a previous issue with nerve damage and spinal problems which she's had surgery for before. She met the same doctor from her previous surgery, whom she couldn't pay, and was berated and threatened by him. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever on Oct 17, 2013 - 16 answers

"Works on Contingency? No, money down!" How does this work in Australia?

You are, of course, not my Australian lawyer. However, my SO may soon be hiring one for a suit against a hospital. To ensure that the lawyer we're hiring is the kind that we think we're hiring, she's asked me what the difference (if any) is between a no-win, no fee lawyer, and a lawyer that is hired under a contingency agreement. [more inside]
posted by MarchHare on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Dental fillings popping out all over place

My dentist recently gave me fillings to replace the lost enamel of nine teeth, and four of these fillings keep falling out. Repeatedly. One of the molar fillings has fallen out three times. One of my canine fillings has fallen out twice. Is this common? Could he be using poor quality materials? Is it indicative of something else being wrong? Should I find a new dentist? [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I shop long distance for a Colorado based lawyer?

I've got a potential, medical malpractice law suit regarding a now deceased sibling who lived in Breckenridge, CO, but need to find a solid lawyer from where I reside in Portland, OR. Any suggestions?
posted by tangyraspberry on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

How and when to change doctors when a medical malpractice action is pending?

Recently I sustained a permanent disability due to surgical negligence. Several malpractice firms are willing to take my case on contingency, and I am in the process of deciding which attorney to go with. In the meantime, I am continuing to receive care from the negligent surgeon. Obviously I need to end this relationship and find a new specialist. How do I make the transition?  [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommend a (non-scummy) medical malpractice attorney in NYC?

Recommend a (non-scummy) medical malpractice attorney in NYC? [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Apr 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Redress for a double doctor screwup?

We recently had a highly traumatic hospital experience involving a 3-year-old and two doctor errors, and we're wondering what our redress options are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I report and/or sue this doctor?

I know…YANMD, YANML. My daughter was born with an odd head shape and no fontanel. At three months our GP set up an appointment with a paediatric specialist. His diagnosis was, “that's just the way she was positioned in utero.” He did not schedule a follow up. [more inside]
posted by trigger on Feb 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Abortion Malpractice

Can anybody recommend a lawyer in Broward County, FL who works with abortion malpractice but is not a pro-life activist? Please feel free to send a private message.
posted by sarelicar on Jan 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Old, old, old malpractice advice?

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Texas is 10 years. Is there any legal option, then, for a case of gross malpractice that did not become known until nearly 30 years after the fact? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Jun 28, 2010 - 14 answers

should I sue my doctor?

6 months ago, I returned from Mexico to NYC with a bad case of Colitis, diagnosed down there. My Gastro/Principal doctor here treated it w/ Prenizone as usual, (I've been hit by it before) and all seemed well. But something was wrong. I was fatigued, lost my appetite, had headaches, odd spasms in my hands...and the symptoms seemed to get worse. A few weeks after the end of the Prenizone treatment, I returned to him, complained of the above, and expressed bafflement. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Apr 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Babies and Bathwater

Should I stay with my midwife practice, given a trustworthy account of a mismanaged case? This gets long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Mar 31, 2010 - 22 answers

Separation agreement without timelines. WTF?

Is it standard practice to have a separation agreement drawn up without timelines attached to the obligations? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Feb 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Rear ended by a drunk driver then effed in the rear by the medical system.

Bone graft gone wrong. Testicle swollen, major pain, difficulty walking, Doctors not helping. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell on Nov 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Source for Medical Malpractice Insurance Quotes for Doctors/Hospitals?

Do you know of any reasonably credible sources that list the premiums and deductibles that hospitals/doctors (of any kind, but largely medical surgeons for intensive-care/emergency/surgical hospitals) pay for medical malpractice insurance? I'm researching figures for a malpractice reform idea. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Mar 16, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I report a doctor for bad care?

I just had a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE experience with a doctor. This is the reason most people do NOT go to doctors. It kinda makes me not want to go to a doctor. Let me give you the whole story so you can assess the situation, get really mad, and provide me with constructive advice. If you don't feel like reading it all, scroll to the bottom and tell me what I should do if I am unsatisfied with the quality of care from a doctor. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Apr 15, 2008 - 41 answers

Financial assistance for sudden health problems

Please help a friend's family with sudden health care issues [more inside]
posted by MarkLark on Mar 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Talking to a malpractice lawyer

Meeting a lawyer to discuss a possible malpractice lawsuit- what questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by rryan on Nov 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Doctor screwed up, now what?

Mom had double knee replacement. Doctor admitted doing one wrong. Her leg is now crooked. Options? [more inside]
posted by rryan on Oct 25, 2007 - 6 answers

What shall I do to bring my dentist to a small court for his negligence, and for how much?

What shall I do to bring my dentist to a small court for his negligence, and for how much? [more inside]
posted by dy on Jun 21, 2007 - 17 answers

Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Princeton, New Jersey?

Best Medical Malpractice lawyer in Princeton, New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by LavishingUndertone on Apr 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Did the dentist almost kill my grandma?

Dentist yanked grandma's ten remaining teeth; a few days later, massive heart attack. Connected? Inappropriate? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Apr 16, 2007 - 18 answers

What to do when doctors go bad?

I suffer from a disability unrecognized in this jurisdiction, and in most places. I now find out that several doctors missed something important, I think, and I feel very let down and not sure what to do or who I could possibly trust to help me in an objective sense. [more inside]
posted by Listener on Apr 3, 2007 - 50 answers

Will suing a lousy doctor do any good?

Medical malpractice suits: What actually happens to an MD when they're sued? In terms of disciplinary actions against the MD, is there a difference between being found liable in civil court versus a settlement? [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang on Jan 19, 2007 - 15 answers

How should a therapist go about refusing to treat a patient?

A friend of mine underwent counseling at a trauma center. After the first several sessions, today his therapist had a supervisor come in, sat him down, and after 45 minutes of excruciating back and forth, essentially told him that because of what he did for a living, he could no longer attend therapy there. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu on Nov 27, 2006 - 30 answers

Malpractice attorney recommendation

Can anyone recommend a medical malpractice attorney in NYC?
posted by Gamblor on Sep 5, 2006 - 6 answers

Lack of rectal exams = malpractice?

For the lawyers out there: if a family physician has never performed (or offered to perform) a yearly rectal exam on a 50+ year old, are there possible grounds for malpractice if the patients develops rectal cancer 10-15 years on? Does the fact that the patient is part of a population that has an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer matter? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 5, 2006 - 14 answers

How can I check a doctor's professional history?

Can anyone help me find out about my New York City based doctor's professional history in greater depth? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Jul 15, 2005 - 12 answers

Researching US Doctors

Is there somewhere online--maybe a government site--where you can check the credentials of U.S. doctors? (As in, have they been sued 20 times for malpractice, where did they go to med school, etc.) When I search for something like that, I get spambot hell and/or paid services. I need to go to a specialist and don't have the luxury of knowing enough people here to get a recommendation.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Nov 19, 2004 - 12 answers

Frivolous Lawsuits

This election year, four states have medical malpractice award limits on the ballot. Since I know there are doctors (and lawyers) on mefi, I was wondering if any of them know of any other solutions to the issue of "frivolous lawsuits" driving up insurance costs (more inside). Note: not looking for a debate on the ballot measures in question, just looking for alternative solutions. [more inside]
posted by pikachulolita on Oct 6, 2004 - 19 answers

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