Prescribed Prednisone for over 6 years, causing intestine to disintegrate...
I am a 63 year old male who was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis approximately 15 years ago. I was prescribed Prednisone over 6 years ago and was never told that I should not be on this medication for more than 6 weeks. Over that period I have been on up to 60 miligrams a day.
I've suffered many side effects due to the prednisone. Although some of them were explained to me by the Dr., I was NEVER made aware that I could suffer Septic Shock (WHICH I DID), which could lead to death, or that my intestines, veins and fat could actually disintegrate in the Dr's hand during surgery (THIS ALSO HAPPENED). I've been told that this is called "fry".
I've also suffered adrenal insufficiency and have not been able to get off the prednisone. I now have an ostomey bag and was scheduled for a second surgery so that a jpouch surgery could be performed, but was told yesterday that since my body is no longer producing cortisone on it's own that my best bet is to be weaned off the Prednisone before surgery.
The Endocrinologist feels that it could take up to 6 months to wean me off of the 5 milligrams of Prednisone that I am currently on.
Over the past 6 years I have been hospitalized and taken to the ER at least 2 to 3 times a year. My life has drastically changed and I wish that I had NEVER been introduced to Prednisone. Please tell me if I should be able to pursue a case, and if so who would or could be liable? Do I have any other legal options to pursue damages? Thank you.
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ANSWER for "Prescribed Prednisone for over 6 years, causing intestine to disintegrate...":
Marcos (Ramah, NM):
Before further consideration, continue to seek medical attention.
From the facts you present, it appears you may be inquiring about a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice personal injury claims are quite complex. While not a legal requirement, med mal claims and lawsuits should only be pursued by personal injury attorneys with substantial experienced in this area.
Pursuing a medical malpractice claim will require some work on your part.
First: Gather copies of all your medical records since the time you were first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.
Second: Gather copies of all medical bills, receipts for out-of-pocket expenses (for such items as medications, hospital parking fees, etc.), and a written verification from your employer addressing your lost wages during the time you were unable to work because of your illness.
Go online and do a search for local attorneys who list medical malpractice as one of their specialties. Contact several of them and make appointments. Most will not charge for initial office consultations. Bring along copies of all items set out above. After visiting with several attorneys you will have a much better idea of the viability of your claim and its expected outcomes.
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.
Best of luck,
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