I was very badly mistreated my first night out of ICU after my liver resection and while coming off morphine so high as a kite and having hallucinations. My first thought was to sue but after thinking it through, I let it go, tho I did report it when I had my discharge survey. My insurance paid 100% and didn't refute any charges or deny any treatment.
It was a team of nurses new to the U.S. and I spent the night laying in a pool of blood, not allowed to go to the bathroom nor offered a bed pan, wet clothing (blood soaked), my hand slapped when I attempted to turn the nurses badge when she refused to let me see her name...... I was not near death but that was the ONLY night I spent alone in the hospital and the next morning I told my doctor that if he didn't get me into a private room where my family could stay overnight, that I'd leave AMA and find another hospital with a room. The morning nurse told him the night nurses had reported me as being 'out of my mind and unruly' all during the night. One against 4.......... I got my private room within 2 hours, tho. When I went to get my stitches removed, I told him the whole story and he said he'd report them.
Did I get closure? Not for a year. I finally let it go but learned a HUGE lesson. If I am ever hospitalized again either my family will be by my side constantly or I'll have a private duty nurse, which had been offered me by my insurance.
You won't win any money, not as much as you'll pay some atty., but you might ruin their reputation, report them to the BBB, contact the hospital and notify your doctor.
Stage III cc surgery 1/7/09. 12 tx FOLFOX
Stage IV PET = 1.5cm liver met. HR 4/11/12
11 years since dx and 7 3/4 years post liver resection.
Pronounced CURED and discharged by onc
“O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.” Psalms 30:2