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Question DetailsAsked on 7/9/2012

Went to ER due to chest pain. Angiogram was performed and during procedure my right external iliac artery was punctured. Can I sue?

Evaluations done before procedure. CT scan of my chest which showed no blood clots. Nuclear stress test: abnormal which suggested possible blood supply issues to heart. Angiogram: No obstruction in the blood vessels of heart. Unfortunately the doctor punctured my artery which led to my having to have emergency surgery which included blood transfusions. Woke up in ICU. Entered hospital ER 5/26/12 and discharged the evening of 6/1/12.

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The great thing about America is that you can do anything you want.
However, punctured vessels is one of the risks that you give permission that you accept with a procedure of this type.
That said, if the doctor has a history of 'mistakes' and 'misadventures' of this type, that could give you some credibility in court.
However, if the doctor has a good, reputable record and is known for good care, that would be a much harder case to pursue.
A lot of what gives weight to you in a court case is whether you have been permanently damaged or disabled in some way due to the event. If you are "OK" now, again, that would make a case tougher to pursue.
You may wish to do your homework on this before you decide to proceed. Remember, that most reputable attorneys are going to require out of pocket money from you to go ahead with the case, and these cases can take years and if you get a small award or no award, then you are left holding the bag for the attorney's fees.
Good luck and I hope you get better quickly. It's great you did not have a heart attack or other serious problem.

Answered 8 years ago by mbandercoot

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