If your friend is well enough at this point have him/her immediately begin a daily diary of everything he's told by anyone on the medical staff and anyone from administration and by his doctor. He should also record his pain levels throughout the day and his activities such as walking, eating etc. If your friend isnt well enough yet, have a family member do it. Its important.
Much as I disagree vehemently with Holland on most things, after reading this paragraph I would say that if I were all screwed up from a botched surgery and then dosed with a completely inadequate amount of morphine, I'd want Holland sitting next to my bed, caring for me. For one thing she'd keep my pistol out of reach so that when I finally did get my morphine I couldn't shoot at flies on the ceiling. You'd be amazed at how unreasonable hospital staff can be at times...
The author failed to stress the importance of this paragraph. Keeping a diary can literally be a life saver. Hospital care is entirely dependent on the quality of the nursing staff caring for the patient right along with the care giver to consumer ratio. In plain English, if you have one nurse and 30 demanding patients, it doesn't matter how good the nurse is; the place is drastically understaffed. Which, by the bye, is the way the hospital administration likes it. Lower payroll means more profit.
Everything the patient is told, everything that happens along with a date-time stamp and the names involved gets written down. All proscribed medications and activities, everything. Response time to a call for help gets written down. Pain and suffering get written down. If the patient is in absolute agony and the staff refuses to provide adequate pain medication for any reason at all, that gets written down.
If the patient is too screwed up to write, and being tanked up on pain meds will do that to you (whee! I'm Happy!) get family members to take turns sitting and helping care for the poor sod. Again, this might be a life saver.
I'm not a lawyer, but I would suppose that if a jury heard this case they'd likely come back with a guilty verdict in ten minutes or so. The doc screwed up, pure and simple. The trouble is that it will cost over $100,000 to try the case, and what with postponements and the opposition's delaying tactics it will be 5 years before it actually gets in front of a judge. Then the appeals begin. So, 25 years later the patient finally wins and tries to collect the big reward - probably $10 or $12 grand. Talk to a real attorney with experience in this area for 30 minutes and see what the case is worth, then negotiate your own settlement.
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