Devoted mother to 8 year old son.
If anyone has been through this, please give advice. I've got an attorney, and my child has been removed from my care and placed in foster home. Makes me not to EVER want to talk to doctors about behavioral issues. This doctor was totally unfamiliar with bipolar disorder but I trusted that she was seeking the right advice from colleagues. When she made so many mistakes that my son had to be hospitalized, she claimed I have Munchausen's and therefore tricked her into prescribing the bipolar meds (which I later found out is beyond the scope of a pediatrician), and now my son is in foster care, unmedicated, having a horrible time, not coping with school, and I am going to court to get him back.
How can a doctor do this????????? I trusted her. She's put her medical career before me and my son, and has literally torn us apart and traumatized us, and I wonder how she can sleep at night. I never thought about suing her because I knew she was new to bipolar and was doing her best, so I was willing to roll with her in finding what meds work.
My son was discharged from the hospital into the custody of CPS. I lost him by seeking help for him.
Have you reported this doc to the state board of medicine? Gather all the documentation you can get hold of, including hospital records, and you can complain to JCAHO if mistakes were made inpt. I just boil when I hear stories like these. Best of luck in your court battle.
Brenda,50, CABF Parent to Parent Volunteer Mom to A, 16, BP, Tourette's, OCD, ADHD: Eskalith CR, Trilafon, Lamictal, Seroquel, Cytomel E, 15, BP,AS: Seroquel, Eskalith CR, inositol B, 13 & H, 10 Married 17 years to DH, 50
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It was a blow that you had to go such an ordeal. It must have been a stressful situation and life changing experience.
I understand how you feel, and you want to clarify the unresolved medical issue. Now, the query would be, was the case of the health practitioner considered medical malpractice? You mentioned about the prescribed bipolar medications of the pediatrician. Only health professionals that specializes in mental health can diagnose and treat bipolar disorder. Her act of prescribing a psych drug extended beyond her scope of expertise. For additional information concerning medical malpractice lawsuit you need to look into this informative article written by Mr. Haskell: Medical Mistakes -- A Primer on the Basics of Medical Malpractice. That will supplement you with information about medical issues, and will widen your horizons about medical malpractice.
The Burrito, I suggest you consult a medical practitioner that specializes in mental health so that proper intervention for your son's condition will be given.
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