What to do if my doctor “nicked” an artery in my leg while performing a total knee replacement, sending me to a hospital that is not in my insurance network?

This means higher payments. I have a stent in artery and will have for life, meaning medication and future doctor visits. What can I do to get some help paying the bills?

Asked on February 12, 2015 under Malpractice Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the doctor (and/or practice, clinic, hospital, etc.) for malpractice, if--as may well be the case--it was negligent, or unprofessionally careless, to nick the artery while doing that procedure. If the doctor was negligent, you could potentially recover all medical bills, current and future, caused by the act; "pain and suffering" for any future impairment you suffer; lost wages, if you missed work; other out of pocket costs directly attributable to the malpractice. You should consult with a medical malpractice attorney (many provide free initial consultations; you can check on this before making an appointment) about your situation. Bear in mind that even if you have a viable case, they take, typically, years to resolve--you'll have to foot your own bills for awhile.


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