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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 9, 2007
  • 10:28 PM

Last April I was off from school and decided to go outside and play in our last snow storm of the year. Well I ended up slipping and fracturing by fibula. After being seen I was placed in a cast and was told to come back in 4 weeks to ensure progress. I came back and told them that my toes were numb and that my foot did not feel right (I've broken 6 bones and know what the healing process should feel like). They thought nothing of it and sent me on my way. 2 weeks later I went back and the cast was removed. I asked the physician's assistant if i could have an MRI or a CT scan because it just didn't feel right but was denied. After the cast was off I was told that it was completely healed, that I would be able to walk on it in 2 weeks and that the feeling in my toes and bottom of my foot would return to normal. After the 2 weeks my foot along with my toes did not feel right so I went and got a second opinion. Come to find out, my fibula was still completely fractured with no signs of connective fibers, it was 100% displaced and because of the cast I had had nerve damage to my toes and the feeling would not return to normal. I should have had my leg surgically pinned back together and they failed to see the severity of my fracture. Because of their actions I am unable to walk without a limp and still have severe swelling and bruising and I'm only 22! So the moral of the story is...Always get a second opinion! I'm not sure if I should sue or not so if anyone has any thoughts let me know. Thanks!

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  • That outcome was unexcusable on their part. THey should have gotten an orthopedic consult at the outset. Nerve damage is a real possiblity in any fibular frature. They are supposed to take a second X ray at the time of completion of the casting, to determine if it has healed properly. They would have seen the non-union then. Unbelievable!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 05:00 AM
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  • Big big lawsuit....see the nastiest lawyer around.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 07:25 AM
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  • That is inexusable, but unfortunately, becoming more common as medical clinics/hospitals are being understaffed and overserved... Please now try acupuncture to at least promote healing at the sight of fracture, and to help decrease the pain and swelling. Acupuncture works, visit www.acufinder.com to find a practitioner near you. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 20, 2007
    • 08:25 PM
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