I don't understand lawyers. Maybe some of you have had similar experiences in trying to bring lawsuits on behalf of your children.
I couldn't get a lawyer to take my case for my son's death. I couldn't get a lawyer to take my case for a car accident when the other driver made a left turn directly in front of me. I had the green light. I can't get a lawyer to represent me for medical malpractice despite years of doctors misreading x-rays and MRI's. And, then followed by office visits where I was told everything was all right.
The lawyer told me the problem is not "permanent," but can be fixed with another surgery. That would involve risks and a difficult three month recuperation. Plus, I have other medical issues. Well, if you can't handle complex cases, maybe you should not have become a lawyer.
But, the truth came out. Taking any case with less than a seven figure settlement, is just not worth it in a medical malpractice suit. I believe that the surgeons and radiologists in my case did not meet the standard of care. They made repeated incorrect interpretations of my radiologic studies which the surgeons did not pick up on. The lawyer said it was "their opinions." I know if I made this many mistaken "opinions" as a nurse, not only would I have been sued, but I would have lost my license.
I decided what makes a good lawyer. A person with a very cold heart who easily compartmentalizes things in ways other people don't. Can't help you. Can't make enough money. Good-bye, but maybe you should consult another lawyer. What kind of nonsense is that? What would be the point in that? Other than to waste more time and preparation only to have my hopes dashed again? Who would want to do that?
Yet, I see many liars, reprobates and scoundrels getting represented in personal injury cases that got very good financial settlements. Personal injury seems to be a national industry. It prompts me to ask myself, am I not seen as a good liar? Not good enough to perjure myself in a deposition or in court? Not good enough to fake injuries guaranteed to bring a large settlement. Am I too presentable to bring before a jury? Is it a disadvantage to have always worked and so be unable to game the system? Am I too old to bring a large financial settlement? Yes to all of the above.
So, if I have the additional surgery and I become paralyzed as a result, I can sue. If I die, my husband can sue. But, a lawyer must be contacted before I ever leave the hospital or my remains ever leave the hospital. The lawyer I consulted had the nerve to suggest that the surgeon who finally diagnosed me correctly did so as a result of jealousy for the previous surgeons. So he gave me his diagnosis as a way of pointing out the others stupidity and errors. Even though the lawyer knew the fine reputation this "jealous" surgeon had.
I have to say, that takes the cake. I worked at this same institution for four years. I graduated from its school of nursing. I know if you are an unprofessional, unethical or an incompetent physician or surgeon, you are gotten rid of one way or another. There are plenty of good, qualified applicants to take the place of anyone who does not meet the standards. I definitely resented the lawyer's insinuation.
I am sorry for venting today. If anyone is contemplating a malpractice suit, wrongful death or personal injury suit, on behalf of your child, I am truly sorry for the tragic events which brought you to a very difficult place. I hope and pray you will have a better legal outcome than I experienced.
Perhaps, medical malpractice laws were written in collusion with physicians and surgeons to protect them professionally. To hell with the patients and families. What makes a good politician or lawyer? The answer to that is nothing good. Very disheartening. I will have to pray on this for sure. God does not desert us. Prayer is free.
"For in you my soul takes refuge, in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge." Psalm 57: 1
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