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    Thanks everyone really appreciate it.
    Ironically, the second injection I had my nurse friend do (before I realised this was more than a bruise) is completely fine!
    That's right, if I hadve known I could've had bruise style large staining my answer would have been a 100% no. A pin prick sized stain is a whole new thing IMO. I am only in my early twenties too so would like it gone.
    Think I will go to my other GP and have them confirm that it is what I think it is if it hasn't improved in a month or so.
    Do I go straight down the compensation route first? Or go back to the GP and let them know I'm seriously unhappy and wanting to take it further?

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    I would go back and see them before starting down the legal road. Even write an email and lay it all out. I would request free lazer removal and see what happens. Assuming, that's what outcome you want?

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    I would definitely tell the GP you're unhappy first. If you go straight to legal action without having even spoken to the GP about the problem then it may not look so good to the judge. They usually like you to have attempted to solve the problem through alternative dispute resolution first - e.g. mediation etc.

    If the outcome you're after is laser treatment to 'fix it' and the clinic does that, then I'd be pushing for free treatment to repair the damage.

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    Thanks all.
    I'm going to ring the practice tomorrow and ask to speak to the manager. Think I'll start of by explaining what I was given and who by and asking for an explanation as to why this has happened & why I wasn't warned this was a possible side effect & then consequently what are they going to do about it!
    I'm torn whether to go through the laser if they even offer it. I would hate for it to make it 20% better and then for it to stay like that forever.. Would rather wait 5yrs and have it completely gone... Gah!

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    Just to update,
    I spoke to the clinical manager who was very lovely, and has told me she will be speaking with the clinical director and together undertaking an investigation.
    Hoping to hear back in the next few days again. Fingers crossed.

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    Just adding a thought.. You should take pictures and write down exactly what happened and when, and what you were told. Hopefully it doesn't come to anything official but if it does then photos and written down info and dates etc will help you.

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    I'm sorry I have no advice on the staining but I am interested that you had an iron injection for low ferritin and normal hb. My ferritin is 8 which has come down from 12 in the last 6 months and 3 separate doctors have told me I don't even need to take iron tablets, or I can take them "if I want to". I always feel tired and I wonder if it's because of it but they tell me no I wouldn't have any symptoms with just a low ferritin. Grrr wish I could find a doctor who knows what they are talking about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyTurtle View Post
    I'm sorry I have no advice on the staining but I am interested that you had an iron injection for low ferritin and normal hb. My ferritin is 8 which has come down from 12 in the last 6 months and 3 separate doctors have told me I don't even need to take iron tablets, or I can take them "if I want to". I always feel tired and I wonder if it's because of it but they tell me no I wouldn't have any symptoms with just a low ferritin. Grrr wish I could find a doctor who knows what they are talking about!
    That's interesting. I think because I am symptomatic of causes that would lead to depleting iron stores I believe they're under the impression that if I don't fix it my hb will be next. I certainly don't recommend iron injections though!!!

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    Default Iron Injection bruising - permanent scarring! What should I do??

    Thanks mambo. I have been writing down dates, taking photos and recording phone calls. (Sounds crazy but better safe than sorry!)
    I met the doctor and the nurse again today as organised by the clinical manager as that's what the clinical director wanted, (which I think is wildly inappropriate but anyway...)
    The doctor essentially admitted that he would be unhappy if he was In my position & that they need to take responsibility, and will get back to me within a week with a plan.

    There have been a few fumbles on the way, e.g. I asked them not to ring but email as I had night duty and they rang and woke me up. They also couldn't give me much choice of what time to come in & when I was late (8mins) due to their practise parking being blocked off by construction workers the clinical manager was very rude on the phone basically saying that the dr had other places to be. Also doctor kept saying "I assumed you'd know the risks being a nurse but I guess I can't assume..." & suggested I must be "prone" to iron tattooing.

    DP and my best friend are fuming that they haven't been (basically) kissing my a** over the whole thing, and think it's been handled pretty poorly. E.g. Being rude on the phone, having a meeting without the clinical director or manager as these two staff could've easily refused to admit fault and ambushed me, etc. and think that them offering me free laser Tx (not that they've offered anything yet but we suspect this will be the outcome) isn't enough and think I should be seeing a solicitor re: compensation as well as laser due to it taking time out of my working day, etc.

    What does everyone else think?
    Part of me thinks I should count my losses and just get it fixed and call it a day, but the other half of me is ****ed off that I have to come Im to the clinic at 12.45 no earlier no later as that's all they can offer me and I'll have to leave work early to go get laser etc if that's the outcome and thus deserve a bit of compensation for my troubles.... It is hard not to get excited by compensation as a struggling student...

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    I can understand that you' be frustrated, but honestly I think you should probably take the laser therapy to improve it, if offered, and leave it at that.

    I am no expert, but the cost of engaging a solicitor would likely outweigh any compensation you'd get I would think. Solicitors probably wouldn't take this on as a 'no win no fee' matter either, given that the the likelihood of any substantial compensation is likely pretty small. It sounds like the staining is a known risk too - there may not have been any negligence involved on anyone's part. You also said there was a brochure which mentioned the risk of staining - even if you didn't appreciate how significant it could be.

    Ps, depending on what state you're in, recording phone calls without the knowledge of the other party may also be illegal.

    Hope it is resolved for you soon.


 

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