I am terribly sorry your wife is the victim of a freak accident while working. BUT!!!!!!!!! AM I SHOCKED AT THE PISS POOR SUPPORT YOU HAVE RECIEVED FROM THE STATES NURSES ASSOCIATION and LAWYERS??????????? HELL NO. Nothing shocks me anymore. A friend of mine sustained an injury to her right shoulder while we were repositioning a patient. I heard a "tearing" in the area of her right shoulder, from across the bed. Against her judgement, I slammed a variance report in front of her and she filled it out,and I put it in our manager's mailbox. When time came to clock out, I escorted her to the ED and stayed while she was examined. The MD ordered films of her cervical/thoracic/lumbar spine...and he swore that her "discomfort" was result of straining her cervical spine. She was prescribed a muscle relaxant and something for pain, and sent her on her way. Luckily, she was given a copy of her ED record and her chief complaint was recorded as "right arm pain".
And the record was very definitely absent of any sort of acknowledgement of her stated complaint.
She made an appointment with her primary physician,was seen and sent to physical therapy for exercize therapy,given more muscle relaxants. She called me and told me how the first round of physical therapy was so painful and actuallt hurt more after therapy than it did wit the initial injury. I told her " get a lawyer,NOW!!!!!!! Call your doc and tell him the therapy is causing more pain and is not helping it is hurting your right arm."
She got a lawyer. Then over the next 8 months,she was unable to work, in constant pain,could not move without excruciating pain and her husband had to help her find a comfortable position each night,propped on pillows so she could sleep. She was sent to orthpedic specialists and neurologists. The neurologist did a nerve conduction study and found she had carpal tunnel syndrome,then had the nerve to ask if she still had her ovaries.
Oh my....wrong thing to say,ya know. using the most shocking language she could muster she asked him "what in the H *** do you mean??? That because I still have my F****** ovaries and I am through with menopause that the only reason I am having pain is because I have my &$%#@( F)O*(788 ovaries???? Well let me tell you something you SOB, the next time you hear my name it is going to come out of my lawyers mouth and you will regret what you just said,do you understand me???????" She had an appointment later that week with yet another orthopedic guy. She said he had heard from her neurologist that she was dis-satisfied with her treatment so far and if she could think of any other treatment plan he would do anything to appease her . She said "well you can also tell him that the confidentiality of my case has been breached and yes,HELL, yes I can tell you what needs to be done. You can do an MRI of my right shoulder because for 9 months yall have acted like this pain is all in my head and I'm going to prove that yall aint worth a d###. " She had the MRI of her right shoulder and LO AND BEHOLD !!!!!!! An "old" rotator cuff tear was found.... she has had 4 surgeries on her shoulder that were unsuccessful. Her lawyer has "unusually" stood by her and has determined no settlement would be made until it was "in her best interests". She,on return to work,following one of the latter surgeries,was given a "light duty" position....medication nurse...pushing the med cart down the hall all day. Helping pts sit up for swallowing purposes. She was in tears and a whole lot of pain, called her lawyer when she got home. He called nursing administration and she was given a "light duty" position in outpatient surgery registration. When the hospital did away with
her position, calling it downsizing, she was taken to a room and it was suggested by the nurse administrator that she find another
career since she "could not handle nursing duty anymore".
She smiled politely and told them her lawyer would be in contact with them,that she had no time to play their games. She had a feeling they were trying to get her to be "outspoken" and would find a reason to fire her thus making them unliable for her injury and subsequent treatment for her injury. Her lawyer called them alright and a few things were made clear to them and they had better understand that workmen's compensation laws were made to protect injured working people from vultures like they.
It has been 6 years. A settlement has not been made yet. She was sent to an orthopedic surgeon who is known nationally for repairing "old tears of rotator cuff " injuries. She is not able to return to work, and her lawyer has made it perfectly clear that he will not allow a settlement until he knows my friend will be taken care of for the rest of her life.
Nursing is not a safe career by any means. There are freak accidents such as had by your wife. There are muscle strains,sprains,torn ligaments,herniated discs. Nurses are bitten,scratched and sometimes beaten. And in this time in history,nurses are being shot while on the job. However, I will guarantee you that someone in the administrative end of our careers will find someway to find THE NURSE responsible for any injury sustained while on the clock!!!!!!!
I am so sorry you have had to live through the horror of seeing the lack of "caring" in this profession and also have had to endure an impatient lawyer.
Find another lawyer. Keep us posted.
You and your wife are in my prayers.
p.s. you Know what you call 10,000 lawyers on the bottom ofthe ocean???????
Answer: a good start