March of this year I suffered a back injury during a physical therapy session that resulted in continuing mid-upper back pain and an apparently permanent loss of trunk lateral flexion.
After a lot of back and forth with the hospital (the therapy department was at the same hospital) and finally seeking a second opinion I finally got a thoracic MRI late July that revealed a two Schmorl's nodes in adjacent vertebrae--one penetrating most of one vertebra along with bulging--and at this same location an apparent separation of the left rhomboid from the spine and the left trapezius from the scapula (shoulder blade) and a bending of the "spinous process" (the "stegosaurus" bone jutting back from the vertebra) directly behind this area by about 10°, in addition to a sizable disk bulge lower in the spine that's causing most of the current back pain.
Unfortunately the muscle separation and the bending over of the bone behind the vertebra weren't noted in the radiology report and I'm now in the position of having to get a second radiology reading to get these injuries/features documented, above all to get a definitive, imaged, and identified basis for a treatment plan and to avoid another round of getting treated for one condition and coming out with a new injury: I think knowing about a muscle tear/separation would probably be important to know before assigning physical therapy exercises.
And getting a fresh radiology reading has led to a new drama because it looks like the teleradiology service offering second opinions may have done the original reading for the MRI center: they reassigned the cases (two different scans were submitted) to the exact same doc--after I had chosen two different docs--that did the original reading. What a mess.
The question of how all this is going to be paid for remains. I don't think by me, but the one and only law firm that's willing to look at this wants me to establish a "causal connection" and after conferring with a legal assistance program and another law firm the only way to do this is to get a physician to "connect the dots" and say, yes, the confluence of all these damages are the cause of my back pain, otherwise the expense of filing a suit, regardless of the permanence/severity of the injury, isn't worth pursuing. I just have to suck it up. Amazing..
Priority now is to find WT? is happening in my back to get functional capacity/loss and a treatment plan. But after the level/permanence of the damage is firmly established I'm fresh out of ideas how to proceed.
The only other thinking I've seen on this was from the Nolo site, suggesting that I might be able to consider this to be an exercise accident and file a "notice" with the hospital's insurance company, but if this is unavoidably a negligence case I have to hire an attorney. Back to square one and "causal connection".
Any ideas on proceeding would be greatly appreciated.