I’m just as annoyed as everyone else when a cold caller disturbs me in the evening, questioning me about loans I might have taken out in the past or accidents I have had, simply because they aren’t applicable for me. I haven’t taken out a loan in the UK nor have I had an accident over here. I did in Germany though and yes, I have used the service of a Medical Negligence Solicitor before. I know, what a shock, but say what you want about them, it was well worth it for me.
When I was 19 years old and in my last year of secondary school, I injured my foot in what was the most pointless exercise in the world. It was a Friday (in fact the day after my 19th birthday), we had a double session of PE and for some reason I had got it into my head that I wanted to excel in an exercise that involved me jumping up and down in front of a wall and leaving chalk marks on it. I know, it sounds thrilling. My last jump resulted in the highest chalk board on the wall, but also in an injury that would see me travel to hospitals and doctors for the next five years. I can’t remember much of the accident itself. My friends said, you could hear big bang and cracking noise and then I woke up on the floor. I must have fainted during the jump, but wasn’t in too much pain afterwards. I jumped into the changing rooms where I phoned my mum and asked her to come and pick me up with a pair of crutches that we handily had at home from a former injury.
She took me straight to A&E where I was sent for an X-ray and my foot was put into a bench vice type of thing. When they stabilised my foot in it, it was absolute agony, but despite all the pain I was in, the doctor insisted that everything was perfectly fine with me and sent me home with an air cast – just in case. Unfortunately, it didn’t do the job and I went back and forth between doctors desperate for someone to help me.
It took one and a half years, another incident and an MRI scan for a doctor to finally notice what was wrong with my foot. I had developed an injury/illness called osteochondrosis dissecans, which is rare in humans and usually effects cows and dogs. I know, it doesn’t sound terribly glamourous, but my doctor was rather excited about it all and even re-scheduled his skiing holiday, so he could attend surgery. Unfortunately, it didn’t work and I found myself on the operating table again two years down the line, but that’s not what this is about. I knew that the first set of surgery could possibly require a follow-up operation and I was as happy with that as I could be with not being allowed to walk for 6 months twice in my life. What really got to me is, is that doctors pretended that I was a hypochondriac when in fact they couldn’t be bothered to properly check what was wrong with me in the first place.
I lost a year at university, missed out on work experience and was a grumpy old cow, who couldn’t do all the fun things her friends, but at least I got some compensation for the most boring and painful time in my life. Compensation allowed me to travel and do things I usually wouldn’t have had the money for as a student. I agree, medical negligence calls can be boring and annoying at times, especially, if you get five of them in the space of an hour, but if you think you have a case, listening to cold callers will be worth more than 5 minutes of your time, maybe even a couple of grant.
Disclosure: This is a featured post, but I have first-hand experience of medical negligence and would recommend everyone who think they have a case to talk to a solicitor.