So I was advised I should sue my previous doctors for failing to diagnose my lyme disease while it ran me down for 9 months, leaving me with residual neurological symptoms and thyroid disease (which has a whole other set of crappy lifelong symptoms). a lawyer took the case, telling me since the ramifications of lyme disease affected my life much more than it would've if it had been diagnosed earlier, i had a good case. keep in mind the basis of the case was that it was misdiagnosed for 9 months, NOT that i still have the disease.
great. maybe i can finally get revenge on that doctor who said i had psychosomatic symptoms, implying i just didnt want to go to school when it was later discovered i had a real live disease making its way through my body.
so he sends me to a couple doctors. one seems to be a friend of his he used as an expert witness in other lyme cases. he tests me and, to my astonishment, says i still have the disease, which he says will make my case even better. i know a trace of it, or its fingerprints, will always remain in my system, but to say i still HAVE it would imply it's active, which was shocking. i was worried yet suspicious. lawyer sends me to a different doctor because other doc is too far from me. this one, also seeming skeptical of the first guy's testing, tells me to get more in depth tests (a series of 10, actually) to find out if i really have it.
i call my lawyer and tell him. he says i can get the tests, but i don't have to. of course i don't have to; if i don't have it, it'll be damaging to the case. but being concerned about my health more than my lawsuit, i got the tests, they come out negative. i receive an $800 bill from the doctor. weeks ago, lawyer tells me he will discuss the bill with the office. at this point i was on the 8th of 10 tests ready to schedule the next one, but he never calls back.
i called him today, and more than a year after taking it, he tells me he doesn't think i have a strong case because i don't still have lyme disease. umm, that's funny, because when he took the case, it was presumed i didn't still have it. to top it off, he tells me the $800 was well spent since it establishes that i don't have it and i can pay it a little at a time, when it wasn't me who even elected to see any of these doctors! in other words, he sends me to doctors for the case HE took, he decides to drop it, and i'm stuck with the bill? wouldn't lawyers take WAY more cases if it was up to the client to pay expenses whether the case was won or not? i contacted the law office that referred him to me and they're going to call me tomorrow.
advice? thanks, if you even got this far.