Jump to content

Not sure this is a proper post or not


TJM

Recommended Posts

If it is not proper let me know and I will remove.

I am proceeding with a law suit against my current provider. I wont get into any details as they are not pertinent.

My question is with open enrollment coming up I am considering changing providers. My last scan was NED (thank you cancer gods)! So that makes 18 months cancer free. I did find out my oncologist does not interpret the scans himself. He relies totally on the radiologist which I find somewhat disturbing. He also pushed back on doing a brain MRI, even tho his notes showed a recommendation to get one in 6 months. Turns out it has been 10 months. I convinced him to schedule one anyway. I got the distinct impression he has deemed me as out the woods completely.

I dont think the two are related but I have no clue really. I can get a referral for another oncologist that a dear friend of mine totally loves and completely trusts. I'm thinking now is the time to switch since I am NED and not getting any treatment.

I highly respect your guys opinions and so I am asking for them.

Peace

Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I agree with Judy--I would never consider staying with a provider I didn't trust (unless forced to because of enrollment rules and in that case I'd switch at first opportunity). Your medical records all belong to you, so it shouldn't make any difference what your current status is. All scans and other info should be sent to the new provider, who can review everything and determine appropriate treatment.

I respect (and agree with) your not getting into the details of your lawsuit--especially in an online forum. I'd just note that generally speaking, you are not going to recover anything unless you can prove  actual damages. IOW, even if the doctor did not follow proper medical procedures, unless you can prove serious physical harm as a result, you're not likely to recover anything.  Having practiced law (not medical malpractice) for close to 30 years and having filed one lawsuit (not medical malpractice) that lasted years and cost me around $30k in legal fees, with a puny settlement in the end, I'd think long and hard about whether it's worth it. Make sure you consult with an experienced, reputable med mal lawyer before you dive too far into this. Life with cancer is complicated enough.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks Lexie

My Lawyer specializes in this field and is doing it on a contingency. My nephew is a lawyer and he tells me she is highly respected.

I do think I will switch providers even tho it's going to be a hassle. I really need docs I trust.

Peace

Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Totally agree with Lexie on this one as well. I also considered suing my PCP for totally missing my lung cancer diagnosis.  We spoke to a top firm that literally told us good luck chuck.   It’s almost impossible to prove medical malpractice these days.   This is something that you must want to proceed with for your own sense of peace and hope not to create an overly stressful situation.  
 

As for switching, I’m beginning to see that it’s not a matter of if you change initial providers but when… lung cancer is complicated…. Trust is essential since this is your life on the line.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks. The injury to me is actually fairly clear cut. I do totally get how the law works. What is frustrating is the statue of limitations. Who'd a thunk it.

I've pretty much made up my mind to switch. Just need to find out the options as I get my coverage thru my wife.

Peace

Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...