Can I sue for 13 years of unnecessary pain and suffering?
Question Details: I have been suffering with severe feet issues since I was 32 in school for surgical technology. Doctor after the doctor told me that it was plantar fasciitis. I had unnecessary injections as well as surgery and spent a fortune on shoes inserts, etc. Eventually I became disabled due to the pain and lost my career. I have spent the last 14 years in agony and on pain pills as they blamed fibrolmyaia and plantar faciitis. Not once did any of the dozen of doctors I saw suggest that it may be vitamin or thyroid related, even though I repeatedly mentioned I suspected that I had thyroid issues. I finally saw a homeopathic doctor recently who immediately put me on a thyroid medication and also Vitamin D. Within days my feet were just about healed. This gets me sick to my stomach about how I lost 14 years of my life, my career and have gone into extreme debt and countless other issues. Can I sue any of these incompetent doctors?
You must likely cannot sue for several reasons.
1) In Florida, all medical malpractice claims must be brought within four years of the treatment under the "statute of repose" for these cases: that means you cannot sue for any treatment or doctor visit you had more than four years ago.
2) Even if there are recent-enough doctor visits that you can sue for, you have to show more than that the doctor was wrong to establish malpractice: you have to show that the doctor was unreasonably careless--basically, that no reasonable doctor would have done what this doctor did. But if "doctor after doctor" told you the same thing, it is very likely that the doctors were not being careless but were coming to the conclusion that a reasonable doctor would. When doctors act reasonably, they are not liable even if they turn out to be wrong.
3) While we are very glad that you have relief now, there is little or no scientifically accepted evidence supporting homeopathic medicine, so that a homeopathic doctor has helped you is probably not evidence that will support that your other doctors were unreasonable careless.