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Just in case 
26th-Jan-2010 02:53 pm
I just left a message for Patient Relations at the hospital where the endoscopy was performed. So on the off chance that my GI doc has a legitimate reason for never calling me back and his office staff have the wrong information regarding my biopsy or lack thereof, hopefully I can get Patient Relations to just send me my damn results and we can call it a day. That would be nice. Because while I could use the money, I really would rather not take the time to get embroiled in a lawsuit.

But in the increasingly likely case that the GI doc did willfully run the wrong test against my will - any locals know a good malpractice lawyer?

EDIT: Got a call back from a very nice and quite shocked older woman who says they'll file a complaint. Resolution tends to occur within seven days.

When filing a complaint with a nice older woman, it pays to sound about twelve on the phone. Just sayin'.
26th-Jan-2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
That sounds like progress.

Sounds like once you have the (non)results you can move on to another doctor.
26th-Jan-2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Argh. May it work out best for you.
26th-Jan-2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hope it works out.
26th-Jan-2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know any med mal lawyers, but I'll warn you that med mal is a really specialized area of law, and you don't want to go to someone who only does it every so often. Find a lawyer who very prominently identifies their office with med mal.
26th-Jan-2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yes. This. You don't want a dabbler or a generalist. I've pinged a lawyer I know in CT who might know someone.
26th-Jan-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
*keeping fingers crossed*
26th-Jan-2010 09:05 pm (UTC) - Bizarre
One thing to look into is arbitration, if the internal process doesn't work out. Tends to be much less expensive.
28th-Jan-2010 11:09 pm (UTC) - Re: Bizarre
And Much quicker, most times.

Also, 'song please check your LJ messages...

26th-Jan-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
26th-Jan-2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Best of luck!
26th-Jan-2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Good luck, and I'm glad that you have some initial promising results. I do hope you keep us posted on this. I really want to see that doctor get what's coming to him.
27th-Jan-2010 07:48 am (UTC)
Good luck in this!
27th-Jan-2010 08:56 am (UTC)
If you don't get any other recommendations, I'll call my former bosses and see if they have a recommendation - for Boston, right?

I'm so glad you got a sympathetic woman to file a complaint.

I really don't have much hope for a lawsuit, lawsuits are money-driven and medical malpractice lawsuits cost quite a lot to pursue. As a result, if you don't have huge money damages (like if you spent days in the hospital, or went blind, or lost a limb), it's hard to get anywhere. But maybe the state you're in has a possibility of good punitive awards for stuff like doing the wrong procedure. You need to talk to a lawyer in your state to know what your options are and aren't. I'm not a lawyer even here.

Oh, and your last line made me laugh!!!
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