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I am very sorry to learn about your injury. It would be helpful to better understand your claim. Are you saying that the doctor didn't treat you properly or that workers compensation mishandled your claim?
Thanks, So far no prob w w/c. I don't believe the doctor didn't provide me with the proper treatment.
Sorry, you used a double negative there.
yep notice that after I sent it. sorry
I don't believe I received proper treatment
Okay, thanks. Is that your personal opinion or did you go to another doctor for a second opinion?
Is it the specialist who told you that the first doctor didn't do a good job?
It is my personal opinion based on the specialist who told me that he would have gone into the wound to cleanse it. By the time I got to the specialist, he told me that scar tissue had developed and the infection had set into the bone and joint. Keep in my I practically begged the treating physician ( the guy whom I am dissatisfied with), to refer me to a specialist as the swelling and pain wasn't improving. He only told me to let it heal. He didn't schedule me for subsequent visits. I kept going back to him because my injury appeared to be worsening,
Finally I went to his physicians assistant and she is the one who referred me to the specialilst
Okay, thanks. Are you back to work on light duty now?
If I recover completely I will prob drop it. Im concerned that that may not be the case
If that is the case, what would your damages be?
Yes, the Dr approved me for light duty. I am a deputy sheriff/DOT enforcement officer. I cannot perform the tasks related to me job. There is no light duty that complies with the mandate of the Dr order
So you are at home until you are able to go back to work and do your regular job?
I cannot close my finger when making a fist. The joint is swollen and painful. I gotta be careful with it not to bump it, twist it, etc. There are many tasks that I can perform, however, due to the physical demands of law enforcement work, I am unable to perform.
Yes. We are a small agency, no light duty. The doctors order is a "desk job"
and now there is a 12 year old little girl who is having a b day party. She just called to say the hamburgers are ready. Gotta go thanks my e mail ,,,, [email protected]
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From the sounds of things, you don't have a medical malpractice claim.
What are your out-of-pocket losses that aren't covered by workers comp that is caused by the first doctor's actions?
Poor treatment/healing does not always mean medical malpractice. Then there is the separate issue of damages.However, if you can demonstrate what your out-of-pocket losses are that aren't covered by workers compensation that was caused by the first doctor's actions, then you may want to consult with a local medical practice attorney for a consult. If nothing else, see if the attorney would write a demand letter to the first doctor for you to see if some type of settlement could be negotiated.
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My complaint is that I repeatedly returned to the doctor because I was concerned with excessive pain, swelling and the lack of motion caused by the dog bite.... The doctor took no cultures or bloodwork to check for infection and took no action. Despite my requests, the doctor didn't refer me to a specialist. Finally I made an appointment with his Assistant who recognized that a specialist should be involved. Once I saw the specialist, he told me that typically as soon as possible after the bite, he performs surgery to cleanse the wound of infection, however, too much time had elapsed and the infection had set into the bone and joint. He told me that if the wound had been cleansed internally in a timely manner, typically healing is quick and recovery is generally full. He told me since the infection has set in, the prognosis is that I will hopefully regain full use of the hand, however it will take appx 6 months to know. I have accessed a few medical websites and the information they provide is the same as what the specialist told me. In other words, had the clinic doctor complied with me request to see a specialist, most likely this long painful recovery would not have occurred. Full use of the hand would have been more likely. I am disappointed that the clinic doctor either didn't have the expertise to realize a hand specialist was needed. What could it have hurt to fulfill my request to see a specialist ? Also, currently it is past two months since the injury took place and I cannot resume my normal work. Ive been a cop since 2001 and now I cant do my job. My job sometimes includes physical contact with combative individuals. It also includes proficiency with firearms. I cannot shoot, I cannot defend myself. It remains to be seen to what extent I will recover. It appears from what the specialist has told me as well as what I have read from medical websites that there is a substantial likelihood I would not have suffered the affects of infection into the bone and joint had the doctor sent me to a specialist. If I do not recover to the level of full performance at my work, I will have to retrain into another profession. Workmans comp pays approx. 70% of my normal wage. Perhaps I am just being a cry baby and need to tighten the financial belt, move on and make the best of it. If I had been as negligent in my line of work and someone suffered as I have, I am certain the victim would be compensated. Just an opinion. Thanks for your time
Thanks for your reply and please understand....I am right handed and now my I cant close my right hand fully, test at the specialist reveals I have about one half the strength as my left hand. I have a poor grip with my "strong" hand. I am truly disabled compared to before the incident. For now and possibly permanently, I have lost my profession. I am getting by on 70% of normal income. I have no idea what I will do to earn a living in the future. I have been led to believe had I seen a hand specialist early on, as I repeatedly requested, chances are infection would not have caused these problems. A stupid dogbite has abruptly changed my life and I have no clue where I am headed, Trying not to feel sorry for myself but it appears im screwed. Thanks so much for your help. I believe you are sincere, competent and a good person. I will be fine.....thanks again.
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