Pedicle Screw Misplacement Possible Lawsuit
What a long and winding road. In a nutshell: Disk/lamy L-5 S-1 Sept 2012. Doubled pain. Surgeon at Emory said my case was one in thousands. I should be getting better. Dec 2012: fusion, same levels. 80% of pain gone, but pain in my opposite side hip. After several days became horrific. Surgeon told me to just hang in there. Every two weeks I called to report the same pain level. Surgeon finally ordered a CT scan, which showed that a pedicle screw was touching a nerve. March 2012 surgery to remove screw. Pain actually increased. Late March: infection. Back in the hospital for one week, then self administered antibiotics 3x daily. Left hip and leg pan worsening. THAT's when I called an attorney, who is also a neurologist. He showed me on the films that the surgeon clearly misplaced the pedicle screw. It barely went into the bone and right into the nerve. I most likely have permanent nerve damage. Cannot function without strong pain meds. Business pretty much went under, facing bankruptcy. My attorney is relectant to even take the case. He said I was RIGHT--that the surgeon screwed up--but that doesn't mean I can win a case. Has anyone gone through anything like this?