Saint Vincent Hospital / medical malpractice
Hello, my name is Edmund Loren Woods and I go by Loren. Back in June of last year I broke my right hand. I went to St Vincent's emergency room as I don't have health insurance. They did what I thought was a good job repairing the hand; they even cut it open and cleaned it fearing infection.
I followed up with the Indiana Hand and Shoulder clinic and upon review and consultation with the surgeon there, I was told that the scar tissue was tangled with the tendon and would heal unless I messaged it vigorously. I messaged it as vigorously as I could and made my appointment a month later.
At that meeting, looking at the x-rays, I determined that the surgeon at St Vincent’s didn’t repair it correctly in the first place and yes, the scar tissue was still tangled up with the tendon rendering it useless for working purposes.
When I asked the Doctor about it he seemed to get agitated and told me if he went back in to fix it properly there would be a 90% chance that it would come out worse than it was. Exasperated, I asked if he could at least cut it open and free the scar tissue from the tendon so I could get some kind of mobility and use of the hand. He hesitantly said that he would do that and that he would have “the girl” call me to schedule, which she did a couple of days later. She told me that the surgery would be $3, 000 and they would have to have $1, 500 up front before they would do it.
I feel as though I’ve been swindled to an extent. I haven’t been able to have consistent work since this happened because my hand is virtually unusable for the type(s) of work that I do. I am a painter, carpenter, drywaller and musician, all of which require heavy use of that hand. Therefore, I can not afford to get this done even though it’s imperative that I do it and I feel as thought the more time that passes, the more the tissue will grow into the tendon and will eventually become hopeless and I’ll have a deformed and lame right hand for the rest of my life.
Any and all advice you could give me would be much appreciated
Edmund Loren Woods