My daughter was not on methadone. She went to the hospital with severe pain in her upper abdomen. Instead of diagnosing the problem the physician just gave her methadone for the pain. In a 24 hr period he increased the dose from 10mg to 30mg. There was no follow-up the day after she was discharged, and Sat. March 29, 2008 was her 23rd birthday. I called her numerous times, as well as her friends, but was unable to reach anyone. I called the police and explained the situation and they went to her apt. and she had passed away. The ME said she had septic pneumonia and the methadone shut her down. I did pursue a wrongful death suit against the physician and we settled through mediation.
I have just discovered that certain individuals (like my self) who are tender hearted and a severe tragedy occurs it can lead to PTSD which has now developed into fibromyalgia, I am in constant pain, and symptoms continue to appear. The last being on Saturday. I went to the computer to order my daddy a birthday present and could not remember how to operate said computer. Sent me in a tailspin. I continue to suffer from severe depression from the fibro symptoms and the loss of my daughter. I see a psychologist, and pay out of pocket for acupuncture 2x a week. That's $320 a month and I am on a fixed income. Retired from disability from my job in VA, and moved to Deland, as my parents are in there 80's and I wanted to be here to help them. Also Walt Disney World had recruited my daughter in the in the ISE dept. with a starting salary of $56k!!!
The physician not only "murdered" my daughter, but has left me with a lifetime of unbearable pain at the age of 57.
I understand that there are state and federal (DEA) laws that would have prohibited the increase of methadone in such a short time frame if she hayed been a heroin addict and entered a state/gov't funded rehab center. If this is true, I am trying to get a law passed that prevents this from happening to any other families. I would like it to be called Meredith's Law.
I understand that the 2 year time frame has passed, but is there any other recourse for me to collect funds from the doctor? Last year I spent over $7,000.00 on prescriptions. New symptoms continue to occur. On Saturday, I was going to order my daddy a birthday present on the computer and could not even remember how to operate the computer. I have short term memory loss, and last week the newest symptom is the feeling that I am being shocked by electrical current over my entire nerves. Also it feels that a hammer is pounding on my joints when I go to bed. I have had 51 hours of sleep since April 11, 2013.
Is there anything I can do to collection from the Dr. to offset the massive amount of money that I am having to spend out of pocket?
Being on a fixed income is making it rough on my financial status.
Thank you for any idea you may have.