Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Law Suits for Spinal Cord Stimulator Sufferers
avatar
dawngri posted:
There are now two law firms I have found that are looking for patients suffering from SCS side effects. We must have done a good job filling AdverseEvents with the FDA. I googled SCS law suits today and up popped two firms. The first is Meyerson Law Firm, this one I gave my information to. The other was a Texas Firm. Finally something may get done all the suffering we have been through and will continue to go through. Lets do this people............Dawn
Reply
 
avatar
bj1208 responded:
Hi Dawngri -


I just wanted to put my 2 cents worth here -


My mom had been taking darvon's for several years - they came out with a class action law suit so I filed for her since she was starting to develop dementia. I noted there were several listed on internet plus there were so many commercials for it - so I called the toll free number - they shuffle you around to a different attorney as they have several that are "in the group"


What you should do is contact a local attorney that will handle the case for you - when you get into these "groups" your share, if they win, will be divided by how many patents have filed with that particular attorney.


So please do contact a local attorney that will handle your case - you will do much better this way -


Keep us posted~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
avatar
d_grigg replied to bj1208's response:
Doesn't that just make you so angry? There is something wrong when the lawyer gets 30-40% AND charges you for various fees.
My father had mesothelioma (I may have spelled it wrong), and there was a payout in the 7 figures when all is said and done. They charged him for phone calls, copies, postage stamps, etc. First off phone companies give unlimited minutes, second off why are they charging for a secretaries time? Isn't that part of the 40% they take? It should be.
I am in the process of getting a spinal implant so I have only started to look into them, but at this point I don't know much about the implants. However it seems like I already have pain, how much worse can it get, and how would I know that the implant is to blame?
It would annoy me a lot to have a leech take 40%, sorry a lawyer...
 
avatar
dawngri replied to d_grigg's response:
d_grigg..........I would never recommend a spinal cord stimulator to anyone. I was far better off without it. Health Central and other pain sites have boards that are filled with people like myself that have had disaster our outcomes. I am 80% worse. I have constant muscle spasms that meds don't help, intolerance to temperature changes, my back pain is twice as bad, I developed fibromyalgia. Life really sucks. The trial worked well, the permanent implant has ruined my life. There are some that are far worse than I am. Do research and go to the other sites. We have all been told no one has any problems. And we are pushed aside. I wish you luck...........Dawn
 
avatar
davedsel responded:
I just want to say how sorry I am you have gone through this.

Your post has convinced my wife and me that an SCS would not be a good option for her. She had a work-related back injury in 3/2011 and now her doctors say she is permanently disabled. Her pain management specialist has performed injections and rhizotomies and now wants her to have an SCS. I know some patients have great success, but the risk seems too great.

Thanks for sharing with us. I will be praying for a good legal solution for you as well as your finding pain relief.
Click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

Blessings,

-Dave
 
avatar
bj1208 replied to d_grigg's response:
Hi D-Grigg - welcome to the support group -


I am sorry your dad has mesothelioma - I fully understand this disease as my husband works in the Union - the forefathers were National Asbestos Workers - and now they are trying to get away with that label as they are Heat and Frost Insulators. But my hubby could develop this - he does go in for X-rays every year but still.


Yes it does make ya mad when lawyers take their share - I applied for disability and had to hire an attorney - they have a cap of (at that time) of $5,555 after I received my settlement I received a bill from the attorney for copying, requesting etc. It was a small amount of $40 but still it would have been more had I not called every doc etc and made sure they sent the requested items - I put it to them that they would not get paid until I got approved!! LOL


I hope and pray your father is doing well and the treatments are working~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
avatar
bj1208 replied to dawngri's response:
Hi Dawn -


I don't know if u had a chance to read my story (click on name or pic) but when I had mine I left the office in tears as my leg pains were better but it made my back pains 3 times worse and when I got home I laid in fetal position and cried for over 4 hours and the tech from the SCS implant called to see how I was doing - we tried all different adjustments and still worse so he had me turn it off - oh what a relief - I was back down to my normal pains. so I went back in the next day to have it removed. My doc wanted to set the leads in another place and I told him NO. I am so glad -


I have an operation coming up and this new surgeon has a different kind of SCS implant where one lead is a flat panel and he has lots of success with it. He knows of my bad experience with the other one and said it would help my leg pains and it "should" help my back - no guarantees -


He wants to do the SCS implant first then if it doesn't work the fusion surgery. So my thought is do the fusion first and if still in lots of pain do the SCS implant - which I still have resistance to it.


Anyway - I hope and pray you can get some relief - keep us posted how u are doing~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
avatar
dawngri replied to bj1208's response:
JOY AND DAVE. I did have a double lumbar fusion after a rupture. I hobbled around for 5 months with the rupture because every doc I saw said it was referred pain and so there was nothing wrong. (Originally, I developed bulging discs from heavy lifting at work.) Finally after 5 docs I told my medical md that he if didn't order an MRI, that I would see him in the ER, while he had office hours. Okay then, I got the MRI. Lo and behold, a massive rupture. Now I have permanent damage. The rupture was immediately after a nerve block when the steroid injection didn't work. Why should one try to convince md's that something is wrong. One thing I did learn is........NEVER tell the doc you are seeing, that you saw another doc and what that one said. Because every one said "I agree with the other doc". I needed to work but was on too many meds. The only option was the SCS. I am so sorry I didn't do the research and go to back pain web sites. My rehab doc gave me an okay to be working with the pain meds, so now I can do a bit of part time work. If you can live with the meds working, do NOT go for the stimulator. One person on Health Central said her husband had it and he was immediately paralyzed and has breathing difficulties. Of course the doc say it wasn't the stimulator. And there is no way to prove this. Others have severe inflammatory issues now. Good Luck.........Dawn
 
avatar
dawngri replied to bj1208's response:
Dear Joy.........think real hard about having another stim placed. The first one showed you how damaging they can be. Yes a flat panel is different, but only in the fact that the wires are sutured into place. My wires migrated the day I came home. Yours did not migrate, yet you still had sever side effects. That should tell you something right there. Mine was in place for 45 days before I had it removed. It has been a year now and I am still suffering from the damage to my chest wall.

Remember you are going to be electrocuting your spinal column.!!!!!!! Dawn
 
avatar
bj1208 replied to dawngri's response:
Oh believe me Dawn - even after my fusion surgery there is no way in Hell that I will have the SCS done!! too many nightmares from the first one - even though they are from different manufacturers~~Even my hubby says no - Thanks~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
avatar
An_250887 replied to davedsel's response:
Dear Dave,

Thought you may be the person to ask a question concerning SCS payment to physician. Had my battery changed during the last year at the urging of my physician.

I had not used my SCS for years due to it causing increased pain and never feeling it decreased my pain. My physician claimed some patients have one inserted and now they no longer are patients at his pain control clinic. Also, he claimed he only receives 250.00 USD for his part in surgery for the battery change. So, he blocks out a portion of the day, scrubs up, makes an incision, changes the battery and closes for 250? Doesn't make sense to me. When a physician pushes a patient (me) to have a battery change they do not want and then moans about the small payment he receives...well, I am suspicious.

So, the question is...what do you think? I heard the physicians receive payment from the SCS company.
 
avatar
bj1208 replied to An_250887's response:
Hi - just thought I would put my 2cents worth in -

he has to charge for the anesthesiology, pain med injections and recovery room/board so I see that the actual charge to be more than the $250 - he could be stating that the charge be well over $1,000 but what is allowed in your area is only $250 - this I can see as the actual statement (I was in insurance for 16 yrs) so when he says that's all he is getting paid doesn't necessarily mean that's the full charge - and if he is only getting paid that then I would be concerned with the out of pocket amount you may be left to pay.

I know when I had my temporary SCS done the charge was well over $10,000 - luckily I had met my out of pocket for the year and my husband's insurance was paying 100% but then again he did not get the full amount as it's reduced based on the area and what is considered "reasonable and customary" charges.

I could only imagine what it would have cost had I had the permanent one done!!! but the temp did not work so I had it removed.

What you can do is call his billing department and ask for all the billing codes and amounts so that you can check with your insurance to see how much they will pay and what your out of pocket expenses will be - if they resist tell them to leave a message with the doc advising you will NOT CONSIDER having it done until you know this.

I would also find out from the manufacturer if they allow battery changes - as the tech/rep is always involved as they must reset the dials etc. so there's a lot more involved with it than what he is telling you.

Hope this helps some - I would do lots of research to make sure the MFG allows it - some won't let you change and there are very few doc's that will operate to remove and/or change batteries.

Keep us posted~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
avatar
An_250887 replied to bj1208's response:
Hi bj1208,

Thank you for all the great info, this may be the honest reason for the 250.00 comment. Helps clear up my suspicious mind.


Helpful Tips

Making the Most of Your Doctor Visit #2Expert
Here are the rest of the suggestions (had to break into to two parts due to the character limits) 5. Make sure that all records ... More
Was this Helpful?
24 of 38 found this helpful

Helpful Resources

Be the first to post a Resource!

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center