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Doctors Couldn’t Remove Glass in My Foot…

Submitted By: J (USA)

In July 2011 I stepped on a piece of glass that broke off in my foot. I went to the Emergency Room where the doctor on call tried to remove the glass. He was unsuccessful so I was sent to general surgery. I was put under for the procedure, only to wake up with glass still in my foot. I did a follow up and was referred to foot doctor.

I was charged $19,000 for all of this, even though they didn’t get the job done. My health insurance paid 80%, but I’m left with an aching foot and a bill. Do I have to pay this medical bill since they didn’t do anything? Do I have a lawsuit? Thank you.

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Dear J,

You do have to pay the medical bill if you want to avoid being sued by the hospital. If they don’t sue they may adversely affect your credit by reporting an unpaid debt. To have the basis of a lawsuit against the doctors or the hospital you will have to prove their actions constituted negligence, and that negligence resulted in unnecessary pain and expenses.

When it comes to medical malpractice claims they should always be pursued by a personal injury attorney with substantial experience in these types of claims. Most personal injury lawyers won’t charge for an initial office consultation.

Once you have visited with one or more personal injury attorneys you will have a good idea if you do have a legitimate claim. If you do your attorney will probably secure your medical records. Your attorney will take a hard look at them and, with some medical assistance, will be able to determine the extent of malpractice.

From that point on the attorney may be able to pursue a settlement.

Learn more here: ER Malpractice

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,


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