I think they just don't pay attention as closely at hospitals as they do at, say, urgent care stations and the like. When I was 15, I hurt my back at cheerleading and went to the hospital. They absolutely refused to take an xray and basically told me to get over it. I went to an urgent care station the next day and got xrays, and I had a fractured vertebrae.
Yeah, I don't think we have anything like an urgent care station here. That's what hospitals are for. Though the walk-in clinic doctor told me hospital doctors are kinda rude on purpose, since you aren't supposed to go there unless you're dying.
Doctors are human. They miss stuff. A few years back I was in and out of the emergency room three times before they finally figured out that I had gall stones and needed to have my gall bladder removed. Sure, it's annoying, but at least they found it before it got worse.
This kind of reminds me of when my sister was little and fell off the bed. My dad took her to the doctors who moved her arm around and insisted everything was fine. My dad, being the kind of guy he is, told them it was bollocks, gave her the slightest touch and she burst into tears over the pain. They finally gave in and she got her x-ray to be told she'd gotten herself a fractured collarbone.
I don't normally like that my dad is constantly argumentative and persistant too, but it really came in handy.
Has everything been sorted with your car? Also happy new year.
For what, punitive damages? If she’d developed a fat embolus as a result of the undiagnosed fracture and been killed, then someone could sue. If she is permanently disabled as a result of them missing the fracture and loses work as a result, then she can sue.
Well no. It’s not completely ridiculous. If you have money to blow and don’t care, you could certainly try to sue. But it’s complicated, what you can sue for and it might end up being a waste of time. And being awarded damages doesn’t mean you’ll actually get them. Because the defendant may not have the money to give.
There are several kinds of damages.
Compensatory damages would be like, you burned my house down or destroyed my car. Those losses have specific dollar value. Or if I were to do $5000 worth of labor and you refused to pay me, that would be a set amount of money. This can also include medical bills. Basically any damage of property or cost that was incurred as a result of the 's actions.
Punitive damages are used to penalize the defendant, and can be awarded at the judge’s discretion. For instance, in the case of a class action suit. A corporation might be fined for mistreatment of employees. A drunk driver might be fined and the money given to non-profit organizations that support the victim’s families.
Then you have pain and suffering, which is hard to get. Believe it or not, they have an actual method for calculating the dollar amount your suffering is worth. Examples would be, someone being forced to witness something horrific.
Then you have lost wages. If you miss work due to an injury, then the amount of income you’d have received if you’d been able to work is calculated as damages. If you become disabled as a result of someone else’s actions and can not work from that point forward, they calculate the potential loss of wages and you are paid damages based on that.