What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?
On August 25th 2008 I was taken to the Emergency Department at a local hospital because I attempted suicide. I drank an awful lot of alcohol and took several different pills including some narcotics.
While in the ER I started to go in and out of conciousness and as a protective measure they intubated me to secure and protect my airway. After waking up in the ICU I noticed that they had chipped off part of one of my tooth and gouged one of the other. The one with the chip is on my top front tooth and the one that is gouged is my lower front tooth. AS a result now I am extremely sensitive to hot and cold foods and liquids and my teeth hurt.
I happen to work as an emt for the same health care network that the hospital belongs to , and I dont want to lose my job but I really want my teeth fixed and I feel that they should be held responsible for what they did.
I was talking to one of the nurses who, prior to being transferred to ICU took care of me that night. She told me that I should review my medical records and possibly consult an attorney.
I personally know since I am an EMT, that while intubating in the pre-hospital setting you are never ever to apply pressure to or use the teeth as a fulcrum. Furthermore I would think that in a difinitive care setting that the standards would be upheld even higher than in the field, and obviously this, or some similar action had taken place otherwise I wouldnt have wkoen up with chipped teeth.
I just want to get them fixed and feel they should pay for the dental repair but my Paramedic instructor advisesd me that I should try to also recover damages.
Any suggestions?What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?