Hey everyonem, I am 17 year old senior in high school. I am looking for some advice on a legal issue. I havent contacted a attorney yet, i dont know if its worth my time. I am not someone looking so sued someone for everything they do. I am jus wondering if it would be an option in my case. Ok let me start out.
Last year on Sep 26 i hurt my right shoulder. My family doctor said it was a AC seperation and it would heel in 6 weeks. After 6 weeks my shoulder still hurt. He transfered me to a repubitable Sport and Orthopedic doctors office in Kalamazoo,Mi. My doctor there did a Xray, and a MRI ( note he did not give me contrast for my mri).
He said everything came back good, besides on my x ray you could see a gap in my ac joint. He gave me cortizone and told me i could start lifting in 2 days. Whatever weight i wanted to and that it would be fully healed. I came back 3 weeks later with pain still.
He gave me another shot and told me i could go back to lifting and that my shoulder was alright. I came back again and he discussed having surgery to remove my clavicle, he said that was what was causing all the pain. I belived him, he was a doctor.
So i went ahead and had surgery done on march 20th. When i went into surgery i was under the impression that it wouild be arthoscopic. He wouldnt write me a slip for physical therapy, he said it wasnt neccesary. He said i would be fully healed within 2-3 months.
My incision i was left with is about 1 and a half inches long and a half inch wide. He said I was alergic to the vicro stitches thats why my incision is so wide. Its pretty nasty looking lol after 3 months i went back to him, the pain was worse than before my surgery. He told me to give it more time and it would be alright.
I didnt have time though , i had to find out if i could play football or not. So i ended up switching Doctors and went to a different sports medicine office in another town. This was the best decision i could of made. As soon as the doctor examine me he said that i had a torn labrum , but wanted to make sure with a MRI.
Well i told the doctor why my first doctor didnt see it on the mri. and he looked at the report and said what the heck ? he didnt shoot dye in you ? . So i ended up getting the Arthogram/MRI and the results came back that my labrum was torn. I went ahead and had surgery to repair my labrum. My doc said that he has never seen a labrum like myne. it wasnt torn it was shredded.
He said prlly because of the cortizone i recieved from my first doctor and then lifted hard on it cause it to shred like that. I am now 7 weeks out of my SLAP repair surgery and my shoulder feels 100 times better than it did than after my first surgery.
now my question is was that neglegence on my first doctor ? i think it was a unecesary surgery. now i believe that my clavicle wasnt causing the pain , but it was my labrum. SO the doctor removed my clavicle and he didnt need to.
My clavicle was removed, i dont have a bone conecting to my right arm any more. From my understand and what my physical therapist said is that the clavicle is only removed in older people with Chronic Arthritis. so could i sued my doctor from all the pain he put me through ? and that he lied to me . he told me it was going to be arthoscopic but now im left with an ugly scar.
and now i cant play my senior year of football, and my future is ruined. My right shoulder will never be as stable or as strong because my clavicle bone was removed for no reason.
thank you for any advice.