Finding a Good Lawyer - My Family Wants Me to Sue
I just got discharged from the hospital after a really nasty fight with clostridium difficile. I got sick last Friday and thought that my stomach upset was due to the NSAIDs I've been on for my upcoming knee surgery. I got progressively worse and started medical treatment on Monday. Monday night I went to the ER because I was dehydrated. Tuesday I started with violent vomiting that required ER intervention and I was finally admitted on Wednesday after intractable pain was added to the whole mess. The dehydration caused hypokalemia that was severe enough to affect my heart. It was a scary and urgent situation. I'm finally home, but still have a long way to go.
C. diff wasn't even on my radar in the beginning because I haven't been on any kind of antibiotics lately. I haven't visited a nursing home or hospital. I had one fight with C. diff in 2010 when I worked at the regional trauma center. I had gotten infected while on the job and this was covered under workers comp. I was actually let go from my job while out on disability for the C. diff. I couldn't come back until my lab work showed I was no longer shedding the toxin and I guess my boss couldn't wait that long for me to come back. I was getting treatment from the employees clinic at the trauma center, but after I was let go, I couldn't continue my care that as it was for employees only. I transferred my care to my PCP. The doctors believe that it wasn't fully eradicated the first time and has been lying dormant in my system. Due to the damage my GI tract has suffered, I will need to be on daily meds my entire life. The doctor also said that this may not be my last run in with C. diff. :( Frankly, the news kind of sucks.
My dad told me today that he wants me to find a worker's compensation lawyer and sue the trauma center as this was a work related illness from the start. While I understand his point, I don't want to get involved in something that is so over my head. Is it even worth it to try to pursue this? I've never been one to have gimme syndrome and certainly don't want to add to the multitude of petty cases that are currently clogging the judicial system. But, I honestly don't know if this situation holds merit.
If I do decide to consult a lawyer, how do I weed the good from the bad? This is so beyond my comfort zone. I told my family this but they seem hell bent on "sticking it to the man". :dead: Oy. It was an overwhelming family discussion on the way home from the hospital to put it mildly.