I am in Texas, where tort
reform makes it impossible to stop
situations that create more problems after a surgery than before.
So, no need to even try to sue, but I'd like to know if there is a place I can write - I had a 6 1/2 hour surgery (colorectal/sigmoidoscopy) which included removal of 24 inches of colon. Due to the nature of the surgery, I had an accident on way to bathroom; an aide came in, said she'd help, but, my pride said no so, on morphine, after extensive surgery, I cleaned the mess, woke up in one and mentioned to the doctor who said it didn't bother him, but he didn't even bother to ask a nurse to help. Obviously, I showered, with no assistance, and no changing or checking of the bandages so I went home with wet bandages. Had my husband not asked to see the site, I'd hate to think of the outcome. I left the hospital with an infection. Saw my doctor who told us to pack it for 6 weeks, which we did and I was given a clean bill of health only to notice I started bulging. I had a hernia which, when the doctor saw me was 1.3 cm was 8 plus by the time I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for back diagnosis from being rear-ended. We spent our time there clearing my back for any necessary surgery, and focusing on the hernia. Fortunately, I was in good hands at the Mayo, had the surgery and am healing from that. My question - does this sound like malpractice? There is no way I will be able to go up against a hospital in this state and, doctors make mistakes, but not changing the bandages and going home with an infection which led me to another surgery, seems outlandish. I can believe why so many people die in hospitals. The hernia surgery was the result of negligence and, if I can in any way, get it so that the hospital is not paid for the first surgery I'd like to know if there is a way. Since I am now 66 I have medicare and another government insurance
as my husband is a retired General Officer. So, the taxpayers are paying for both surgeries. I sent in a third-party liability claim to Medicare, but my experience is that
things like this are not taken very seriously. If you can offer any advice, I'd appreciate it. Thank you.