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can I sue my stupid doctor?

Posted by alan k. on 11/04/99 at 00:00 (012323)

I went to my doctor with complaint of foot pain almost immediately upon noticing it. He said come back in a month and tell me if it's any better.

In the meantime... well, you know what, without a medical degree.

I will keep trying to get better, but I don't see how it will ever happen. nothing works.

I work so hard at my job, and I under constant scrutiny, and I do not get rich like this guy. But he is always cheerfully going about his job and can casually make blunders like this which any idot doctor should know that foot pain can lead to serious injury if not treated early.

Can I sue him? Is there a case here? Does anyone know about such things? I am goin to look into a lawyer but I wonder if anyone knows anything about malpractice cases.

best wishes,
alan k.


Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

john h on 11/04/99 at 00:00 (012327)

forget it and move on alan. read the post on this board and seek out the best treatment you can besides the self help on this board

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

PHIL LAGRASSA on 11/04/99 at 00:00 (012338)

Well welcome to the club of foot pain and stupid doctor's...

if you think you have enough money to fight with them,goodluck

move on to another doctor. that will tell you something else even

as stupid but he will charge you twice as much,i have spent thousands

of dollars and still spending,with minimal relief,the doctor i see now

was a vet for years,takes no insurance and is doing twice the job of

all the damn specialist i have seen,you would think that they could do

a better job with a foot problem,hell we can clone you but you will

still have bad feet,someone out there has to have a cure for this shit

sorry ladies and gentlemen,i am a auto technician by trade, and may

have to change careers because of this,i am getting to old to really

have to start thinking again of career changes..

just venting..Phil LaGrassa...PLaGrassa@aol.com..


Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

CrabbyAss2 on 11/05/99 at 00:00 (012353)

ALAN, WAS THIS A MD OR A PODIATRIST YOU SAW? QUITE FRANKLLY, THIS DR. TOLD YOU THE SAME THING THAT MANY OF US HERE HAVE HEARD. IT IS DIFFICULT TO SUE FOR MALPRACTICE. I'M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SITUATION. HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THE THINGS POSTED HERE YET? THAT IS PROBLY THE BEST ADVISE ANYONE CAN GIVE YOU AT THIS TIME. TRY ANOTHER DR. ALSO. MAYBE YOU COULD CONTACT A LAWYER JUST TO GET A FREE CONSULTATION WITH HIM/HER TO FIND OUT THE FACTS OF MALPRACTICE AND SEE IF THEY WOULD PURSUE THE CASE FOR YOU.

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

Karen K on 11/07/99 at 00:00 (012414)

I was also given bad advise and went to a lawer angry and upset. I saw an ortho PA who Dx me with pf and when I asked her if I should stay off my feet she told me it was, 'important to stay on your feet in order to stretch the fascia'. This PA was fully informed I worked in a medical clinic and spent from 7am to 9-10pm on my feet 3x a week. Almost two years later, two surgerys later and still no relief I was sorry to take her advise in the very beginning. Anyway, the lawer, who's wife is a PT, said he'd ran it past his wife and would be willing to try the case but I would have to put up $400 up front for a written medical exam by an expert MD. I have yet to come up with the $400 and am unsure if I should bother.

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

Lee M. on 11/08/99 at 00:00 (012427)

No offense Allen but, why give 400.00 to an atty to find out that you got a bad medical opinion (not treatment) from a stupid doctor.
Get over it and try to heal your foot the best you can. I think most of us on this board have found out that most of the doc's don't have a clue. Something on the board is going to help you, you just haven't found it yet. It could be worse your doc could of mis-diagnosed something much more serious. If you don't get help from one doc you have to move on to another. Money kind of gets in the way, but I've started to get more aggressive with my docs about that. I either ask them to accept what my insurance pays or discount their fee. Luckily I have great insurance but some of the podiatrists used up my lifetime benefits. One doctor charged me $250.00 for a consult, and the second opinion doctor charged me $30.00. My insurance paid for both, and I had the minor surgery done by the 30.00 doc. It was for a lump removal on my chest. Both were plastic surgeons and the 250.00 doc was an arrogant b... and the 30.00 doc was professional, kind and explained in detail what had to be done. You have to shop around for docs to find the best for you, not the one with the best ego.

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?-- very interesting

alan k on 11/09/99 at 00:00 (012460)

That's an interesting story-- just like mine. In my mind, which is not a legal mind, this is negligent practice. My doctor messed me up, also saying no need to stay off my feet, even after a month of pain in which he didn't say anything at all. Luckily, as soon as he bothered to mention PF to me I looked it up, found this site, and knew to rest. But still it was too late. I might up front $400, if that's all it takes, but only if the lawyer feels there is a chance of winning or settlement. In my case, even $400 is worth it just to give the doctor a message.
I fully understand how suffering or recently recovered PF'ers see this issue as a personal one-- after all I am suffering too, and clearly it is revealed in my language. But it is also a social issue, and sometimes one should think about requiring accountability from this priviledged class of people, if they don't act responsibly. My doctor has misdiagnosed others before, missing very obvious diagnoses (unfortunately, no one told me until I brougth my story to them!).
Secondly, I don't understand at all the idea that taking some social action like that would somehow conflict with taking care of one's feet. The two are in no way related, and one could do both just fine. The only argument, about stress, might make some sense but only if you are going to feel stressful about it, and only if that matters above everything else including civic duties to take care of our good democracy and medical system.

cheers, alan k.


Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

john h on 11/04/99 at 00:00 (012327)

forget it and move on alan. read the post on this board and seek out the best treatment you can besides the self help on this board

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

PHIL LAGRASSA on 11/04/99 at 00:00 (012338)

Well welcome to the club of foot pain and stupid doctor's...

if you think you have enough money to fight with them,goodluck

move on to another doctor. that will tell you something else even

as stupid but he will charge you twice as much,i have spent thousands

of dollars and still spending,with minimal relief,the doctor i see now

was a vet for years,takes no insurance and is doing twice the job of

all the damn specialist i have seen,you would think that they could do

a better job with a foot problem,hell we can clone you but you will

still have bad feet,someone out there has to have a cure for this shit

sorry ladies and gentlemen,i am a auto technician by trade, and may

have to change careers because of this,i am getting to old to really

have to start thinking again of career changes..

just venting..Phil LaGrassa...PLaGrassa@aol.com..


Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

CrabbyAss2 on 11/05/99 at 00:00 (012353)

ALAN, WAS THIS A MD OR A PODIATRIST YOU SAW? QUITE FRANKLLY, THIS DR. TOLD YOU THE SAME THING THAT MANY OF US HERE HAVE HEARD. IT IS DIFFICULT TO SUE FOR MALPRACTICE. I'M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SITUATION. HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THE THINGS POSTED HERE YET? THAT IS PROBLY THE BEST ADVISE ANYONE CAN GIVE YOU AT THIS TIME. TRY ANOTHER DR. ALSO. MAYBE YOU COULD CONTACT A LAWYER JUST TO GET A FREE CONSULTATION WITH HIM/HER TO FIND OUT THE FACTS OF MALPRACTICE AND SEE IF THEY WOULD PURSUE THE CASE FOR YOU.

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

Karen K on 11/07/99 at 00:00 (012414)

I was also given bad advise and went to a lawer angry and upset. I saw an ortho PA who Dx me with pf and when I asked her if I should stay off my feet she told me it was, 'important to stay on your feet in order to stretch the fascia'. This PA was fully informed I worked in a medical clinic and spent from 7am to 9-10pm on my feet 3x a week. Almost two years later, two surgerys later and still no relief I was sorry to take her advise in the very beginning. Anyway, the lawer, who's wife is a PT, said he'd ran it past his wife and would be willing to try the case but I would have to put up $400 up front for a written medical exam by an expert MD. I have yet to come up with the $400 and am unsure if I should bother.

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?

Lee M. on 11/08/99 at 00:00 (012427)

No offense Allen but, why give 400.00 to an atty to find out that you got a bad medical opinion (not treatment) from a stupid doctor.
Get over it and try to heal your foot the best you can. I think most of us on this board have found out that most of the doc's don't have a clue. Something on the board is going to help you, you just haven't found it yet. It could be worse your doc could of mis-diagnosed something much more serious. If you don't get help from one doc you have to move on to another. Money kind of gets in the way, but I've started to get more aggressive with my docs about that. I either ask them to accept what my insurance pays or discount their fee. Luckily I have great insurance but some of the podiatrists used up my lifetime benefits. One doctor charged me $250.00 for a consult, and the second opinion doctor charged me $30.00. My insurance paid for both, and I had the minor surgery done by the 30.00 doc. It was for a lump removal on my chest. Both were plastic surgeons and the 250.00 doc was an arrogant b... and the 30.00 doc was professional, kind and explained in detail what had to be done. You have to shop around for docs to find the best for you, not the one with the best ego.

Re: can I sue my stupid doctor?-- very interesting

alan k on 11/09/99 at 00:00 (012460)

That's an interesting story-- just like mine. In my mind, which is not a legal mind, this is negligent practice. My doctor messed me up, also saying no need to stay off my feet, even after a month of pain in which he didn't say anything at all. Luckily, as soon as he bothered to mention PF to me I looked it up, found this site, and knew to rest. But still it was too late. I might up front $400, if that's all it takes, but only if the lawyer feels there is a chance of winning or settlement. In my case, even $400 is worth it just to give the doctor a message.
I fully understand how suffering or recently recovered PF'ers see this issue as a personal one-- after all I am suffering too, and clearly it is revealed in my language. But it is also a social issue, and sometimes one should think about requiring accountability from this priviledged class of people, if they don't act responsibly. My doctor has misdiagnosed others before, missing very obvious diagnoses (unfortunately, no one told me until I brougth my story to them!).
Secondly, I don't understand at all the idea that taking some social action like that would somehow conflict with taking care of one's feet. The two are in no way related, and one could do both just fine. The only argument, about stress, might make some sense but only if you are going to feel stressful about it, and only if that matters above everything else including civic duties to take care of our good democracy and medical system.

cheers, alan k.