Has Anyone Ever Sued Someone for Causing Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by MRItechssuck, Oct 20, 2019.

    1. MRItechssuck

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002-2015, 10/17/2019-?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      How would one ever prove that tinnitus happened or got worse due to the actions or inactions of another?

      I didn’t know MRIs were so loud, even though a simple internet search would have clued me in. Yes, I feel stupid for not checking and taking it for granted.

      The tech didn’t give me a panic button or earplugs, just the cheap headphones so she could say, “one more scan.”

      Yes I’m angry with her, and myself.

      My tinnitus from 12 years ago was habituated, but this is like when it first happened, hell all over again.

      I believe it’s medical malpractice... but it would seem difficult to prove.
       
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    2. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      You should be able to sue for this. However, we live in a world full of idiots and the first thing their lawyer would say is "the court has not even seen any evidence of these damages" or something like that.

      This really is one if the most horrific conditions because of complicating factors like this. At the end of the day, very few people really care.
       
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    3. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication
      The main problem is that the damage is not measurable objectively. They could come up with alternative "explanations" (anxiety, depression...) and it's your word against theirs. Not giving you the panic button, however, is malpractice regardleds so perhaps you could use that.
       
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    4. keka
      Batty

      keka Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      benzo withdrawal
      I would gladly sue the psychiatrist who prescribed me ototoxic benzos but that wouldn't lead me anywhere. I ended up arguing with him so he threw me out of his office. That didn't lead me anywhere either. He just thinks I'm completely nuts. No one really gives a shit.
       
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    5. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication
      Amen to that. I completely lost faith in psychiatry and their drug lottery. I always say that in 100 years they will look at current psychiatric practices the same way as we now look at bloodletting.
       
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    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MRItechssuck

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002-2015, 10/17/2019-?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      I agree with all that is written. But unfortunately it would be the techs word against mine, even thought the first thing I said to her was, “wow that was loud.” And then she responds... ”well now you know for next time.”

      It would be funny if not so sad. This is as bad as my first run with tinnitus... I just hope it gets better over the next month... and hope it doesn’t take around 10 years to “get used to” again.

      Thanks for all the comments though... no one without tinnitus knows what we are going through!
       
    7. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      @keka

      I did not know benzos were ototoxic. Which ones are, and do we have studies to support this?
       
    8. foam

      foam Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Worse than ototoxic it maybe. They seem to induce permanent changes in brain chemistry.
       
    9. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dirty drugs
      My GP said I could have had it since i was young but had only just noticed it. Hilarious really. Except I'm not laughing.
       
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    10. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      That's just insane.
       
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    11. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MRItechssuck

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002-2015, 10/17/2019-?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      I was amazed 15 years ago how little the medical community knows or CARES about tinnitus. I am amazed more that they still don’t have a clue!

      For something “that affects 1 in 10” people, especially military folks....why isn’t there any urgency!

      Sorry rant over...May everyone have a better day tomorrow than today.
       
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    12. DaveFromChicago

      DaveFromChicago Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headcold/Flu
      In the State of Illinois as a Plaintiff you would have to establish that the prescribed drug (or MRI) was the only and sole cause of the tinnitus.
      A physician's malpractice carrier would attempt to have such a suit invalidated for insufficient evidence (and don't even think of a successful suit against the Drug Manufacturer).
      Also, no Plaintiff's attorney would see any potential in such a Cause of Action.
       
    13. Elmer B Fuddled

      Elmer B Fuddled Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      plugged nasal eustachian tube
      Suing for mri may as well toss biscuits to the bears. We have no argument to stand on.
       
    14. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MRItechssuck

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002-2015, 10/17/2019-?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      Oh yes, just this morning an attorney said they couldn’t take the case.

      It’s unfortunate that tinnitus sufferers can’t even prove to a stranger what we are afflicted with, let alone a court/judge.

      Hey Dave, I am in Illinois....have you had any success with any ENTs in the area? I’ve heard prednisone in high doses may help...like 60mg/day x7.....but the 6 day dose packs anyone wants to prescribe is like 4mg x 10 pills (40mg) for the first day decreasing from there.
       
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    15. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      We have an amazing argument. It will just fall on deaf ears.
       
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    16. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dirty drugs
      Because nobody really cares. Military folk are cannon fodder for the elite and money would be better spent on new military equipment than on tinnitus. We are all expendable, even in civilian life.
       
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    17. TBH
      Depressed

      TBH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Constant ringing recent, hum few years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unwanted tests by Incompetent NHS hospital staff
      They deserved to be sued, but I’d take a cure or any relief from this horror rather than the money.
       
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    18. tiniturtle

      tiniturtle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/19/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Paromomycin
      There's no possibility of that holding up in court. There are risks involved in all kinds of medical procedures. Diagnostic or otherwise. When I have an MRI I am always given earplugs and a panic button. They should have done that, but it's not something you can go to court over.
       
    19. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dirty drugs
      What about if I asked a doctor about the side effects of a drug three times only to be told that it has none three times? I then took said medication and got tinnitus almost immediately.
       
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    20. tiniturtle

      tiniturtle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/19/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Paromomycin
      That happened to me too. There's really nothing you can do.
       
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    21. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dirty drugs
      Well, there is one thing you could do.

      Don't you feel pissed off with the doctor? Didn't you say anything to them? What did they say?
       
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    22. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication
      A conscientious doctor should have told you the side effects with the related statistics. They never do that because if they did it with every medication they prescribe it would take hours BUT if you asked him 3 times he should have definitely told you. My psychiatrist almost laughed at me when I showed him data where tinnitus was.a frequent side effect for pregabalin.
       
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    23. Daniel Lion
      Ape-like

      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      Lose the shrink.. your psychiatrist is dangerous to your health and life. Lose the motherf*cker asap. You have mentioned this individual and your ENT being negligent, ill-informed, and unable to do their job. Reading what you have said and being concerned for you... this makes me furious. If I was in your city I would unleash a can of whoop ass on a doctor not taking you seriously and endangering you.

      Lose these doctors asap... find new specialists that are compassionate and intelligent.
      Please do this Chinmoku for yourself and family.

      Daniel

      PS. I won't even go into my story with medical negligence... damage done... a perfect storm, like many, and here I am.
       
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    24. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dirty drugs
      He was probably the typical up himself psychiatrist whose god is pharmacology. He probably thought who is this minion to be showing me 'the great psychiatrist' data about side effects. Guy needs taking down a peg or two.
       
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    25. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication
      I have an appointment with a new psychiatrist who is also a specialist in drug withdrawal. Thank you for your concern, Daniel. Many of us have been left down by the medical profession.
       
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    26. Star64
      Kick ass

      Star64 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I hope you find a caring compassionate Doctor, I really do, I was lucky I found a specialist in drug withdrawal. He was not a psychiatrist though, however, he does work from a large private psyche hospital as well as for himself and he told me he would not recommend some of the psychiatrists he knows as they are purely pill pushers...

      Of course I already know this, I worked beside some of these idiots throughout my career. Not all were bad, don't get me wrong but I used to feel so sorry for the patients that had doctors who would see them for 5 minutes and just poly drug them.

      It's so sad healthcare can cause more problems than good sometimes, one has to be vigilant with what medical procedures or medications they take...

      Fingers, toes and everything crossed for you Chinmoku :huganimation:
       
    27. Star64
      Kick ass

      Star64 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I hear you Daniel, the medical profession have let so many of us down on this site, I am so sorry you are also suffering because of medical incompetence.

      You are such an inspiring special man Daniel, you continue to support others even though I know you must struggle so much yourself.

      I hope your children and wife are giving you big hugs, you deserve them :huganimation::huganimation:
       
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    28. Cape crusader
      Cool

      Cape crusader Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/18/18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction ear wax removal
      I’d like to sue my ENT who damaged my high frequency hearing with microsuction ear wax removal but I don’t have a baseline audiogram to compare before and after.
       
    29. Daniel Lion
      Ape-like

      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      Everyday... thanks Star64... we are happy, and I am coming along well. Me and the family are happy. I fight for peace everyday and am prepared to continue that way till my dying day. I am blessed to have a supportive family and friends and soulmate sufferers like you. Thanks for your kind words.

      Love and hugs, Daniel
       
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