Hi, I am new to this forum though not new in Taiwan. I’m looking for some helpful information, I’m a foreigner and I had an accident some time ago. It was in January, I was in the passenger seat of a scooter (my friend was driving). We were traveling along a pretty empty road at the time, moderate speed and then pretty much out of nowhere a taxi took a left turn from the opposite lane and we T-Boned him. It was pretty bad the scooter got totaled, the Taxi’s door got smashed in, my friend’s face got cut up and I got some injuries I am not sure if I was knocked out or in a daze but I couldn’t move when I was down on the street. Other people called the police, it was an experience I don’t want to relive. We were rushed to the hospital and got treated but only for our scrapes and bruises. I was told that my injuries would heal soon but after about a month my knee would not stop being swollen and painful to move. I went to the doctor/clinic repeatedly to find the answer until they eventually ran some tests and found that my ACL/PCL had been partially torn. Soon after that I started losing feeling in my left foot, I couldn’t twist, turn, or stand on it. Up to this point all I had received were pain killers, and assurances that everything would just fix itself. Well as my foot got worse, I searched for more help and information but it was difficult to find. The first hospital I went wanted to schedule MRI’s 3 months so I had to switch to get it done more quickly. Eventually they found I had neuropathy in my foot (so they think) so in order to give a diagnosis, a proper one. This is where the fun begins, I was recommended an EMG test to check for nerve response. I agreed to do it and a month later I am in the bed getting the test done and it is the most painful thing I have done. I screamed like a little girl that day, with an electrified needle a few inches (it felt like) in my back, thigh and leg. I shook from the current passing through my body, my skin felt like it was burning off. After the test they gave me a paper and told me to wait for the results. On my way out of the hospital before I left the door, I started to shake again, just like the EMG test but I wasn’t hooked up to anything, I shook and shook that eventually descended in to an uncontrollable seizure. I was rushed to the emergency room and put through tests and “nothing” was found. Apparently (they said), I was simply too scared or nervous or perhaps depressed at the time so that’s why I had a seizure (After the test???). Though after I went home I found that I would shake involuntarily from my back but from specifically one place, the place I got pierced with the needle from the EMG. The shaking would be sometimes incredibly intense sometimes I couldn’t breathe. It could be triggered from a variety of ways like touching the injection site or simply walking. A month more of this, the hospital denied any and all fault, I still shook. Eventually it stopped but in its place was a strong pain in my back; a herniated disk.
They haven’t even given me treatment for my foot, though it eventually came back to about 50% of what it was, my knee is still healing from the tear and back is in pain every day.
I couldn’t take the stress of chasing doctors, I had to force myself to work because I had no money and had to pay for school. So I stopped taking treatment up until now just sporadically doing rehab when I can. To top it off the guy that hit us, is currently not answering calls and is avoiding meeting us. My friend who is Taiwanese has apparently already settled their side of the damages but has said I am a separate case and will be compensated fully. I feel uneasy about this because they all say just leave it to their insurance company, but life is never so simple.
What can I do? How do I get better? How will I get compensated for 5 months of my life so far going to 0?