Financial disaster |

Financial disaster

I believe Friday, July 2, I’ll know my future. The judge has power to spare or destroy me financially. I doubt the victorious doctors’ insurance companies’ attorneys will waive court costs, nor will my attorney walk from his unpaid expenses. He took the case on a “contingency basis,” not for free!

As a patient and as a party to a lawsuit, I was ignorant of my rights. Now I have little control. With a second mortgage on my home, all I can do is pray and keep on living to the best of my ability. I fear what could happen medically in the future.

I do want to remind you, having a medical procedure or surgery is a major purchase, similar to buying a home or car, except it’s your life!

Use the second opinion option insurances offer. Do homework. Pay attention to what the doctors, etc., say. Take notes; better still, have a second person witnessing all conversations. Keep copies of all documents. Save receipts. This translates to the legal arena, too.

I can’t change what happened, but maybe I can help someone else before they end up where I am today. Donations gladly accepted.

Michelle J. Shockley

Nevada City

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