Hospital Mistake Nightmare
Organized by: Pattie Overton
I am a 17 + year educator with a proven track record of success in educating all children. I was also the cheer, dance, robotics and pep squad coach. My goal was to open a school for students who were previously written off by others. On May 29, 2015, I went in for a total knee replacement. While in the hospital, it was discovered that the anesthesiologist made an error while administering my femoral nerve block. Upon being released from the hospital, my husband and I had to recruit strangers to assist me in getting into our vehicle. We had to do the same when we finally arrived home. I had to literally sit on my behind with my useless leg in front of me and drag myself up 15 stairs to get to my bedroom. While in the hospital, I was told how "rare" this particular complication is for total knee replacement surgery. Indeed, there is VERY little information regarding my situation. My research indicated that the complication I suffered only occurs in 0.3% per 10, 400 patients. Now, I am still a prisoner in my upstairs bed, in that I cannot do anything for myself. I am sure you are wondering, "Why not just sue the hospital?" The answer is both complicated and frustrating. The hospital is protected under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (GIA). This means that one must obtain an attorney willing to jump through the many hoops (steps of approval from entity itself) before being allowed to sue. Once approvals have been granted from entity, the max amount that can be awarded is $350,000 from which attorney 50% and other fees (expert witnesses, additional exams, etc.) must be deducted. Clearly, I would be left with very little after all these charges are subtracted. The fact is attorneys don't even want to bother due to the small limit that could be recovered should they be approved to sue in the first place. Thanks Colorado lawmakers (sarcasm, of course). I was abused as a child and unfortunately also during some of my adult years, and I don't think I have ever been made to feel so "less than" than during this experience. I am seeking donations for a minivan, vehicle wheelchair lift, walk-in tub (plus installation),wheelchair stairlift (plus installation), wheel chair, raising recliner, ramp, bedrails and misc. transference equipment for handicapped, This is challenging for me in that I am an extremely proud person who prides myself on helping others. I never dreamed that I would find myself in this predicament. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. You are appreciated.